What next for the Stock Route network?
Eastern Australia stands to possibly lose one of its greatest environmental and heritage assets, and many of us are not even aware of it.
Stock Routes and Reserves have been a feature of the Australian landscape since the mid-1800’s, and are now most prominent throughout New South Wales and Queensland. For those not familiar with them, they basically form a large-scale network of linear connected roadside remnant vegetation. Often they are wider that your usual roadside reserve – over a kilometre, in some cases. Stock routes were established to provide corridors for livestock as they were walked ‘on
the hoof’ between properties, complete with watering points, forage, shade, and shelter. During the expansion of agriculture following European settlement, the vegetation within the stock routes was allowed to remain standing whilst vast tracts around them were cleared…