Region: BENALLA /

Legal Number: LEGL/93-63

Plantation: Warrenbayne

93-63 - March 01: Remnant vegetation inside plantation alongside D Road in the Baddaginnie Creek catchment.

Conservation Priority: Medium

Plantation within Australian Newsprint Mill (ANM) Ltd area of supply.

Plantation within Dominance Industries (Alpine MDF Industries) area of supply.

Strathbogies and Central North East Plantation Map here

Plantation within D & R Henderson/Monsbent area of supply.

Plantation within Benalla Timber area of supply.

April 2003 updates

July 2007: Baddaginnie Creek drainage line. Note lack of buffers

July 2007: Baddaginnie Creek catchment, lack of buffers on drainage line. The herbicide hexazinone is likely to be used on this plantation in the future.

July 2007: Baddaginnie Creek catchment.


Herbicide Regimes (Uncompleted)

Warrenbayne plantation was one of the first plantations treated with 2,4,5-T in the late 1960's. The Dioxin TCDD may still exist in soil in this plantation. For more historical data on 2,4,5-T click here. For more information concerning the continuing health crisis concerning 2,4,5-T please forward to here.

p17 "Aerial spraying of 670 acres of wattle regrowth at Warrenbayne and Loch Valley Plantation with 1 pound active of technical 2,4,5-T Butyl Ester in 5 gallons of distillate (diesel) effectively killed off competing wattle growth . . . p35 Test aerial spraying with 2,4,5-T has been carried out in the Loch Valley Plantation..." Forests Commission 1968-69 Annual Report.

Herbicides Used by Hancock in Pine Plantations - North East Region Victoria

Herbicide Label Rate max as kg/ha Used to control Notes Application
Carfentrazone-Ethyl 0.036      
Clopyralid 2.55 Woody Weeds Highly Toxic/Potential Ground water Contaminant air or ground
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 - BROKEN RIVER: Downstream of Nillacootie there is a remnant population of Macquarie Perch. Yellow Belly and Murray Cod are also stocked into the Broken River. Holland and Ryans creek both have populations of Macquarie Perch especially in Holland Creek. In regard to Ryans Creek above Loombah Weir it is the first time that a stocked population of Trout Cod has been found to be spawning.

Responsible Authority: Delatite Shire Council/Strathbogie Shire Council?

Plantation Catchment: Headwaters of many tribs of Baddaginnie Creek/Broken River. Headwaters of Warrenbayne Creek. A large portion of the catchment drains into wetlands near Colebrook and Boongala several kilometres north east of Violet Town.

Catchment Managment Authority: Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority

Hancock Watch Site visit Mar 01: Bad maps made this plantation difficult to get proper readings from. However there was a large area of native vegetation on the eastern edge of the plantation which appeared to have been spared from pine establishment. Also saw some native vegetation buffers on what appeared to be Baddaganninie Creek which flows north through the village of Warrenbayne. Did not see evidence of clearance of native vegetation.

April 03: Recent clearfell logging alongside Warrenbayne Creek.

Hancock Watch April 03: Drove through this plantation along D Road. Large clearfelling had been taking place along Warrenbayne Creek. Breaches to the Code were not observed, although the scale of the clearfelling is still on quite a massive scale.

Broken River: Lake Nillahcootie to Benella: Flows through open grazing country in a series of runs and deep pools, gravel beds. Below Swanpool the river becomes more sluggish with a mud and sand bed. Very badly silted from its junction with the Moonee Creek. Moonee Creek to Benella Creek. Contains brown trout average 220g, maximum 800g, with carp and abundant small redfin 450g further downstream, some golden perch above Swanpool, and some spiny freshwater crayfish. Stocked by the Department with Macquarie Perch but the species has not yet become established.

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)

93-63 - March 01: Remnant vegetation inside plantation in Baddaginnie Creek catchment. Also blackberry problem.

93-63 - March 01: Roading erosion.

93-63 - March 01: Native vegetation inside plantation in Baddaginnie Creek catchment.

93-63 - March 01: Blackberry infestation in gully line of plantation.

93-63f: June 2001- Strathbogie Ranges. Tributary of Warrenbayne Creek. Torched buffer zone with almost non-existent buffer zones.

93-63g: June 2001- Strathbogie Ranges. Tributary of Warrenbayne Creek. Gully erosion occurring with absolutely no riparian vegetation to protect and 'hold' the soil. Gully eroding away with trees cut straight into gully.

93-63h: June 2001- Strathbogie Ranges. Out of control erosion on this gully line. Absolute year zero logging practices.

93-63i: June 2001- Strathbogie Ranges. Culvert erosion which leads to massive erosion problems 'downstream'.

93-63j: June 2001- Strathbogie Ranges. Totally trashed gully following pine logging, with no riparian vegetation. It couldn't get much worse could it? Note massive unearthed boulder.
Australian Newsprint Mill Baddaginnie Creek Murray River Macquarie Perch Yellowbelly Murray Cod Medium Benalla/Mansfield