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Dos and don'ts on the Stock Route

Central Tablelands Local Land Services is reminding the public of the dos and don'ts on the Stock Route network, technically known as Travelling Stock Reserves or TSRs.

The TSRs are Crown Land originally established for the droving of sheep and cattle.  The 'Long Paddock' remains an important network for the movement of stock and has become a feed reserve for farmers in times of drought. 

Stock routes are also valued for their social, cultural and environmental benefits. As a general guide, the following passive recreational activities are permitted on TSRs during daylight hours: bushwalking, fishing, bird watching, horse riding, swimming, picnicking and cycling.

Central Tablelands Local Land Services manages over 300 TSRs covering 3700 hectares within the local government areas of Oberon, Mid Western Regional, Lithgow, Blayney, Orange, Cabonne, Cowra and Bathurst.

This area includes a combination of reserves that were previously part of the Tablelands Livestock Health and Pest Authority (LHPA), Lachlan LHPA, Central West LHPA and North LHPA districts.

To maintain and protect this valuable public land for the benefit of the farming sector and the broader community, some activities are not permitted on TSRs.  

The collection of firewood and the removal of timber from TSRs is illegal, as is the extraction of soil, rocks, and water, and the dumping of rubbish or animal carcases.

Riding motor bikes or quad bikes, and driving 4WD vehicles is also not allowed.  Other illegal activities include shooting, archery, trapping, the use of pig dogs and other forms of hunting.

These restrictions are backed by legislation and subject to various fines and penalties enforced under legislation by authorised officers. TSR Rangers and Field Officers do have to follow this guiding legislation.

"We appreciate most people do the right thing but when someone steps outside permitted activities, we have a responsibility to protect the interests of the whole community", said Central Tablelands Local Land Services TSR Team Leader, Tim Seears.

Funds to cover the costs of managing the TSR network are raised primarily through fees charged for Grazing Permits. Apiarists also use the TSRs and are charged a fee for keeping their hives on the TSR network. 

TSR related policies and procedures are currently being reviewed by Central Tablelands Local Land Services.  However the policies previously applied on each individual TSR will remain in place until the review is finalised.

PERMITTED ActivitiesILLEGAL Activities
BushwalkingTimber removal / firewood collection
FishingSoil, rock and water extraction
Bird watchingMotorbike/Quad riding
Horse ridingFour wheel driving
Cycling / Mountain bike ridingCamping (unless permitted)
Nature observationHunting
SwimmingArchery
PicnickingPig dogging
 Trapping
 Shooting
 Dumping of rubbish

Opportunities will be provided for feedback on new policies as Central Tablelands Local Land Services works towards a consistent strategy for managing TSRs across the region.

For more information about the dos and don'ts on TSRs, contact Tim Seears, Central Tablelands Local Land Services Team Leader on 02 6363 7871.

Media contact:  Kylie Krause 0439 608370 | Email: kylie.krause@lls.nsw.gov.au