Limited access to Riverina Travelling Stock Reserves
14 May 2018
Dry conditions in the Riverina have led Riverina Local Land Services to conduct a review of the condition of many of its Travelling Stock Reserves (TSRs).
Available stock feed and water over much of the region TSRs is depleting rapidly and are reaching a critical level where further grazing will undermine the resource and delay recovery when seasonal conditions improve.
Current users of the TSR network are being advised of the need to begin planning for restricted and or closed access to TSRs. Based on regular assessments being undertaken by TSR management staff, Riverina Local Land Services will commence a staged grazing access restriction process in order to protect ground cover, pasture base and biodiversity resources. This will begin on 7 May 2018 and will be determined by TSR rangers on a case by case basis.
The gradual temporary ceasation of walking stock permits for recovery purposes will not impact on routine stock movement permits. Nominated destinations within the Riverina will be considered but may not be available where there is no feed or water available on a particular TSR, and decision to road transport stock to their destination properties may be necessary.
General Manager of Riverina Local Land Services, Rob Kelly said the grazing permit restrictions are necessary to reduce grazing pressure and ensure long term sustainability.
“Essentially, we will maintain available access to those routes where sufficient feed and stock water still remains or where stock owners can provide their own water.
“By implementing the temporary restrictions, Riverina Local Land Services will ensure these public assets are protected,” said Mr Kelly.
The TSR network will be monitored closely and re-assessed monthly in preparation for re-opening when feed and water supplies are replenished.
For further information contact Riverina Local Land Services on 02 6923 6300
Media Contact: Hannah Ritchie, Riverina Local Land Services, 0448 851 224