Region: Ballarat

Legal Number: LEGL/93-27

Plantation: Mount Mercer

Conservation Priority: High

Plantation within AKD Softwoods area of supply.

Plantation within SPE Exports (Geelong) area of supply.

Responsible Authority: Golden Plains Shire Council.

The Nationally Threatened Temperate Grassland & Grassy Eucalypt Woodland Ecological Community may occur in this plantation or in close proximity.

Plantation located on Victorian Volcanic Plain Bioregion.

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Hancock's Mount Mercer plantation surrounded by recently plantation bluegum plantations to the west and north. Located on flat land, probably established on ex-pasture site.

December 2012: Plantation borders Kuruc-A-Ruc Creek

Click here for map of Hancocks' Ballarat region plantations.

Herbicides Used by Hancock in Pine Plantations - Ballarat Region Victoria

Herbicide Label Rate max as kg/ha Used to control Notes Application
Clopyralid 2.55 Woody Weeds Highly Toxic/Potential Ground water Contaminant air or ground
Glufosinate Ammonium 1 Woody Weeds    
Glyphosate 3.6 Herbaceous and woody weeds, noxious weeds    
Hexazinone 4 Woody Weeds Ground Water Contaminant Aerial, ground, spot
Metsulfuron-Methyl 0.06 Woody Weeds, Noxious Weeds Potential Ground Water Contaminant Aerial, ground or spot
Triclopyr 3 Woody and Noxious Weeds   Ground, spot, basal bark

THREATENED FISH NOTES - WOADY YALOAK RIVER: Yarra Pygmy Perch possibly found in this river.

Plantation Catchment: Start of trib of Kuruc-A-Ruc Creek is in plantation/Woady Yaloak River/Lake Martin.

Catchment Managment Authority: Corangamite Catchment Management Authority

Remnant old growth at northern end of property. Neighbouring property purchased by EPFL and remains as farmland.

Hancock Watch Site visit Feb 01: Plantation is on flat land. Almost no native vegetation of any kind lies in the plantation. Some problems with culverts/drainage but area in whole probably has low conservation importance. Surrounded by farmland although some native vegetation does occur on roadside of western boundary.

Woady Yaloak River, Cressy: Flows through forest and grazing land, mud, sand and gravel bottom. Wide fluctuation in flow. In many places the river is choked with acquatic vegetation. Also very turbid from erosion in the catchment. Some trout spawning occurs on the gravel beds in the headwaters. Also contains eels which enter through a diversion channel from the Barwon River. Other species are redfin to 750g, abundant river blackfish some to 400g, tench and goldfish. Source: A Guide to the Inland Angling Waters of Victoria by BR Tunbridge, PL Rogan, CA Barnham. Department Conservation and Environment. Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research, 123 Brown St, Heidelberg, 3084. (4th ed - 1991)

Victree Kuruc-A-Ruc Creek Woady Yaloak River Lake Martin Yarra Pygmy Perch Low Ballarat (Central West)