End crown land grazing uncertainty, NSW Farmers urge

LEGAL uncertainty over the status of grazing on crown reserves has prompted the NSW Farmers Association to call on the State Parliament to offer protection.

The association said about 7000 crown reserves, including more than 4000 with grazing licenses, could be affected by a court case last year.

NSW Farmers president Fiona Simson said it was incomprehensible that due to some legal loophole these grazing licences, which have been used by farmers in some cases for generations, were invalid.

"The NSW Parliament needs to have this resolved as soon as possible to prevent further uncertainty," she said.

The Goomallee claim, heard in the NSW Court of Appeal in August 2012, found a crown reserve surrounded by the Goomallee rural property had been reserved for public recreation and the license granted for the activity of grazing was inconsistent with this purpose.

The Government has introduced the Crown Lands Amendment (multiple land use) Bill 2013 to allow grazing by farmers. The Bill is expected to be debated in the upper house this week.

Ms Simson said NSW Farmers had engaged with the Government and the Opposition to ensure grazing on crown reserves could continue.

If landholders have any questions, they are advised to call Crown Lands information line on 1300 886 235.

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