Legal Number: LEGL/93-124/1
Plantation: Braithwaites & Junction
Conservation Priority: Med
Plantation located on north side of Ovens River. Note close proximity to the Ovens. Google Earth image circa early 2001.
Plantation within Australian Newsprint Mill (ANM) Ltd area of supply.
Plantation within Carter Holt Harvey (now owned by International Paper) area of supply.
Plantation within Dominance Industries (Alpine MDF Industries) area of supply.
Plantation within D & R Henderson/Monsbent 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
93-124: This photo shows the close proximity of the plantation to the Ovens River.
MURRAY RIVER SUPPLIES WATER TO YARRAWONGA, COBRAM, BARMAH, ECHUCA ,
KERANG, PIANGIL, SWAN HILL, ROBINVALE, MILDURA
93-124: Shot of Braithwaite plantation and Mount Buffalo as the impressive 'backdrop'.
Hancock Watch Visit 03: This LEGL is actually two seperate plantations (Braithwaite and Junction) located approximately 2 & 3 km's north west of the settlement of Porepunkah. Both plantations lie in very close proximity to the Ovens River - Braithwaite on the north bank, Junction on the south bank Junction actually sits immediately downstream from the junction of the Ovens and Buckland Rivers.
Because these plantations are located on riverflats, slope problems do not occur here. We visited the Braithwaite plantation. Some logging had taken place several years ago on the western portion of the plantation. The only issue of concern was that the plantation is located almost on the banks of the Ovens River. Major flood events could wash sediment and herbicides/fertilisers into the river post logging. The risks of this occurring are limited, but possible. For this reason we have given these plantations a medium conservation importance.
“Special Investigation: North-Eastern Victoria - Ovens Softwood Plantation Zone. Land Conservation Council 1981.
p12 The northern plains region The north-west of the
study area towards Wangaratta contains part of the extensive riverine
plains. The plains, which border the major streams such as the King
and Ovens Rivers and their tributaries, consist of alluvial deposits,
often more than 50m deep. Alluvial fans occur along the foothill margins,
and features such as river terraces and ox-bow lakes, typical of a riverine
flood plain occur along the major river valleys. The river terraces
are characterised by uniform sandy loams and gradational soils, while
the alluvial sediments of the fllod plain are duplex soils, usually
consisting of a sandy loam overlying a clay subsoil. These soils are
found in all major river valleys throughout the study area. . .”