Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Changes to the Long Paddock

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Changes to the Long Paddock

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With the approaching impacts of climate change, scientists and environmentalists are combining to call for the protection and preservation of the country's travelling stock routes (TSRs) and camping reserves as natural wildlife corridors, to facilitate natural migration of fauna as their habitat disappears.

This issue has surfaced because of the current review into the future of the TSR network, and suggestions that some uneconomic routes should be returned to the NSW Department of Lands.

According to environmental scientist, Professor Hugh Possingham, the NSW and Queensland State Governments have quietly divested themselves of two-thirds of the stock route network since the 1970s, amounting to a loss of some one and a half million hectares of publicly owned land. Fears that remaining stock routes may also be sold or leased for permanent grazing is a major concern, not only to scientists and environmentalists, but to farmers who still use the long paddock during drought, and see rising oil prices as something that might force them to return to droving as a means of moving stock to market. …

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