Region: Central

Legal Number: LEGL/93-71

Plantation: Marysville FD (Narbethong Plantations - northern aspect).

Conservation Priority: High

93-71: July 2001. View looking north east into plantation that has been logged in the Robbie Creek catchment (part of the Acheron River catchment).

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.

Strathbogies and Central North East Plantation Map here

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

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 - 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: Horseyard Creek+tributary of Horseyard Creek/Acheron River. Several creeks flow east into Acheron River/Goulburn River. 1 creek trib of Robbie Creek/Acheron River/Goulburn River.

Hancock Watch site visit May 2003: This pine plantation takes in the northern aspect of the 1570ha Narbethong Plantations. About half of the LEGL adjoins LEGL93-70. This takes in the catchment of Horseyard Creek. Horseyard Creek has quite good buffers of native vegetation and this part of the plantation has not as yet been logged.

The most northerly aspect of the plantation lies in the Robbie Creek catchment. Some logging has taken place in the Robbie Creek catchment over the past 2 years (see photo above), although generally there appear to be limited problems with this plantation.

Catchment Managment Authority: Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority

Many log trucks leaving this plantation 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. Stocked annually in the very lower reaches with a small number of 2YO brown trout and rainbow trout to meet seasonal angling pressure.

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)


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