Region: Otways

Legal Number: LEGL/93-46

Plantation: Otways FD (Yaugher)

Conservation Priority: Low

Plantation within AKD Softwoods area of supply.

Plantation within SPE Exports (Geelong) area of supply.

Click here for Otways map.

93-46 Feb 01: Potentially certifiable plantation? Located on flat slopes. Logged out in 2003/4.

THREATENED FISH NOTES - BARWON RIVER: Probably Blackfish in mid to upper reaches. The lower reaches have 1 of 2 of the main spawning areas for Australian Grayling west of Melbourne.

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 - 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


March 05: This plantation logged out in 2003/4.

Responsible Authority: Colac-Otway Shire Council

Quote of the year 2002: "Colac Otway Shire 6/12/02. Freedom of Information Request.

In response to your request for information relating to the use of herbicides by plantation companies, I advise that there are no records within Council, as plantation companies are not yet required to advise either Council or the Department of Natural Resources and Environment of their intention to conduct herbicide applications.

Yours sincerely - Freedom of Information Officer - Colac Otway Shire".

March 05: This plantation logged out in 2003/4.

Plantation Catchment: North East tip of plantation near small creek, flowing North into Barwon River East Branch/Barwon River.

Catchment Managment Authority: Corangamite Catchment Management Authority

Hancock Watch Site visit Feb 01: This plantation located on flat land. Give it the thumbs up as far as plantations go. Smaller scale without the problems of massive land overuse.

Barwon River above Winchelsea: Usually a slow flowing river with extensive shallow reaches and pools up to 2.5m deep. Flows from moutainous forested country upstream of Forest to grazing land, sand and mud bottom. Lower section modified by agriculture and flow is controlled by water releases from West Barwon Reservoir. Trout spawning occurs in the headwaters. Contains river blackfish to 140g, some brown trout to 600g, redfin, short-finned eels and spiny freshwater crayfish.

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 Barwon River Australian Grayling BlackfishTrout Short Finned Eels Spiny Freshwater Crayfish Colac-Otways Low