Plantation located in Future Water Supply Catchment for Melbourne and Geelong supplied by Goulburn River/Sugarloaf Pipeline.
Plantation within Australian Newsprint Mill (ANM) Ltd area of supply.
Plantation within Dominance Industries (Alpine MDF Industries) area of supply.
Plantation within GB Timber (Narbethong) area of supply.
Plantation within Softwood Pine Exports (SPE) area of supply.
This plantation was very likely to be aerially sprayed with 2,4,5-T between 1968 and 1977. 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.
Herbicides Used by Hancock in Pine Plantations - North East Region Victoria
Water Catchment Area: GOULBURN RIVER CATCHMENT POTENTIAL WATER FOR
ALEXANDRA, AVENEL, CONGUPINA, MOLESWORTH, MOOROOPNA, MURCHISON, NAGAMBIE,
SEYMOUR, SHEPPARTON, TALLAROOK, TALLYGAROOPNA, TOOLAMBA
May 2003: Retained buffer zone of Connelly Creek which lies inside the plantation.
THREATENED FISH NOTES - GOULBURN RIVER: Seven Creeks has the only self sustaining population of Trout Cod in Victoria - below Polly McQuinns dam. Seven Creeks also has a big population of Macquarie Perch. Macquarie Perch are also present at the bottom of King Parrot creek. Macquarie Perch have disappeared from the Goulburn largely due to dams, flow reduction and sedimentation. Two Spined Blackfish inhabit the mid to upper reaches of streams north of the Great Divide, whereas River Blackfish inhabit lower reaches of streams north of the Divide. The Acheron river has populations of Blackfish and Mountain Galaxias/possibly Barred Galaxias also.
Responsible Authority: Murrundindi Shire Council
Plantation Catchment: Tributaries of Connelly Creek/Acheron River/Goulburn River. Headwaters of Crystal Creek/Murrundindi River/Acheron River.
This plantation lies in the Black Range State Forest. The plantation extends for about 3km x 2km in a north westerly/south easterly direction.
Catchment Managment Authority: Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority
Hancock Watch Site visit Apr 01: Drove into plantation from north west along Crystal Creek Road. Large amount of young stringybark regrowth in plantations north west - Walker Track - which adjoins native forest surrounding plantation. Came across massive plantation clearance in the plantation's centre. Also saw small area of cupressus lusitans in the plantations, plus some evidence of slight buffer zones along Connelly Creek.
May 2003: Probably one year after clearfelling plantations to the south of Crystal Creek Road.
Hancock Watch Site visit May 03: Widespread clearfelling in the past year or so had occurred in the southern portion of the plantation. About half of this plantation has been logged. Logging also extended into the Murrundindi Creek catchment on the north westerly aspect of the plantation. The logging in gullies looked bad, however the sedimentation problems appear somewhat limited.
Log trucks leaving this plantation may also head south to the Softwood Pine Export mill in Geelong. Their route takes them over the Black Spur then on to Healesville, where they then head towards the Western Ring Road near Greensborough. Their route also takes them along Eltham-Yarra Glen Road in the Watsons Creek area. Locals in this area are fighting to stop the Eltham-Yarra Glen Road being widened largely to accomodate log trucks. See the Bad Developers site for further details.
Acheron River, Buxton: Rises in forested country and flows through cleared grazing land below Buxton. Mainly a gravel bed with mud in the deeper pools downstream. Some siltation in the lower reaches from erosion upstream. Low flow and water level in summer and some water is extracted for pasture irrigation. An excellent trout water in its headwaters but deteriorates in the middle and lower reaches. A trout nursery stream for the Goulburn River. Contains small brown trout average 160g in the headwaters, with larger fish average 300g and occasional rainbow trout, average 130g, but some fish to 450g.
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)