Reduced access to travelling stock reserves
16 April 2015
Stock access to Travelling Stock Reserves in the western half of the Murray Local Land Services region will be progressively restricted due to the continuing dry conditions which are impacting on water supply and grass availability.
From Monday 4 May 2015, stock access to travelling stock reserves will be restricted to 'Destination Only'. If seasonal conditions do not improve full closure of these reserves may be made on 1 June 2015.
The areas affected are the following parts of the Murray Local Land Services Region.
* West of the Colombo Creek and north of Billabong Creek between Morundah and Jerilderie.
* West of, but not including, the Newell Highway between Jerilderie and Tocumwal.
'Destination Only' means travelling stock must have a genuine point of destination that is able to receive the stock. The travel rate must be 10km per day and no slow travel will be permitted. Destination only does not restrict local routine stock movements between properties.
Destination Only conditions have been in place for travelling stock reserves west of Wakool since November 2014 and will continue.
If unfavourable weather conditions continue, Murray LLS will consider full closure of these Travelling Stock Reserves from Monday 1 June 2015. Under these circumstances closures would not impact local routine stock movements; however 'Destination Only' travel would not be permitted.
Murray LLS Manager Land Services, Helen Wilson, said that restrictions to travelling stock reserves were necessary to reduce grazing pressure and ensure the long term sustainability of the reserves.
"Murray Local Land Services will continue to monitor conditions closely and provide updates as conditions change", she said.
"When both water supply and vegetation cover reach a critical point, we have a responsibility to act to ensure the sustainable long term management of Travelling Stock Reserves," she added.
Graham Allitt, who holds the TSR management portfolio on the Board of Murray LLS, said that this decision had not been taken lightly.
"We understand that feed is running out on some properties in the western end of the region, but we also have a duty to look after the reserves and ensure they maintain ground cover so they can respond after a rainfall event, and be available for future use," he said.
Stock owners or managers in the affected areas can get further information from their local Murray Local Land Services offices in Deniliquin, Jerilderie and Moulamein.
Attachment: Map showing the area of restrictions on use of TSR's
More Information: Helen Wilson, Manager Land Services 02 6051 2202
Juliet Cullen, Communications Officer Murray LLS 02 6051 2252 firstname.lastname@example.org