NSW Travelling Stock Routes Conference
The second state-wide TSR Conference 28 July 2011 brought together a wide range of stakeholders to develop the foundations of a framework of strategic management principles for the shared and sustainable use of the NSW TSR Network.
- A short conference highlights video is available on the NPA NSW YouTube channel.
Background to Conference
Background to Conference and National Parks Association TSR project (13 Mb PDF). Kevin Evans, Executive Officer, National Parks Association of NSW
There were around 100 delegates present with a wide range of interests.
A heritage expert, a scientist and an economist gave presentations to set the scene.
There were officials from the Office of Environment and Conservation, Primary Industries, the Game Council of NSW and the Livestock Health and Pest Authorities; representatives of Aboriginal and Conservation organisations, including the Stock Routes Coalition;
there were birdwatchers, sporting shooters, fishermen and private landholders.
- Conference Introduction by Kevin Evans (YouTube video)
- Conference Overview by James Whelan (YouTube video)
Travelling Stock Routes History and Heritage (300 Kb PDF).Graeme Wiffen, Member of Australia ICOMOS
(International Council on Monuments and National Parks Association of NSW
Habitat value of the NSW Travelling Stock Route Network (5 Mb PDF).Pia Lentini, Fenner School of Environment Australian National University
Six discussion groups were set up:
- Management of understorey values
- Management of overstorey values
- Management of culture and heritage values
- Management of recreational uses
- Management of economic values
- Resourcing management and governance
and asked to identify
- Key Threats,
Plenary presentations from discussion groups
Download a summary of Discussion Group Priorities and Proceedings
During the final plenary session after the six groups had reported back, there was general agreement to five key requirements for effective management of the TSR network.
Videos from the day are available on YouTube:
- A central authority with oversight of TSRs that has stable and adequate resourcing for the task. This could build on existing institutional arrangements such as the LHPA, which is currently under review.
- Accessible data providing more information than is currently available and in a more coordinated and streamlined format.
- Representative management that brings together the various values and interests and facilitated networking and information sharing
- Educational programs to raise awareness of the wide importance of TSRs and help recognise and protect Aboriginal cultural heritage
- Assessment of the economic significance of TSRs using a framework such as Total Economic Value, to recognise the full range of values including non use values.