Legal Number: LEGL/93-141
Conservation Priority: Medium
Plantation within Australian Newsprint Mill (ANM) Ltd area of supply.
Plantation within Carter Holt Harvey (now owned by International
Paper) area of supply.
93-141 March 01: Native
vegetation within holding.
Plantation within Dominance Industries (Alpine MDF Industries) area
Plantation within D & R Henderson/Monsbent area of supply.
North East Victoria Plantation
Proclaimed Water Catchment Area: This
plantation area is located in the Ovens River (Wangaratta) Water Supply
Herbicides Used by Hancock in Pine Plantations
- North East Region Victoria
||Label Rate max as kg/ha
||Used to control
||Highly Toxic/Potential Ground water Contaminant
||air or ground
||Herbaceous and woody weeds, noxious weeds
||Ground Water Contaminant
||Aerial, ground, spot
||Woody Weeds, Noxious Weeds
||Potential Ground Water Contaminant
||Aerial, ground or spot
||Woody and Noxious Weeds
||Ground, spot, basal bark
Probably one of these plantations was sprayed
and Ulvapron in November 1985, which in turn led the then Minister for
Conservation Forests and Lands, to introduce a ban on all aerial spraying
of pine plantations in the Stanley region in February 1986. Stanley
Orchardists called for a ban on spraying in January 1986 after they
found chlorotic spotting on many of their orchard trees and fruit (chestnuts,
walnuts, cherries, apples etc). This was the result of overspray by
the State Government run Forest Commission. A similar incident occurred
MURRAY RIVER SUPPLIES WATER TO YARRAWONGA, COBRAM, BARMAH, ECHUCA ,
KERANG, PIANGIL, SWAN HILL, ROBINVALE, MILDURA
THREATENED FISH NOTES - OVENS RIVER: Most important river in
Victoria in regard to the survival of the Murray
Cod spawn almost as far up as Myrtleford
and the Ovens supplies recruitment for the Murray River as well. The
Ovens has no dams and is a river of extreme national significance. Trout
Cod are now being found in the Ovens
and may set up a self sustaining spawning population. Trout
Cod have been successfully stocked into
Ovens and upper Ovens, downstream of Myrtleford and going up the King
River - past Moyhu. All the tribs of the Ovens are important for native
fish including King, Buffalo and Buckland Rivers.
Ex Gold Mine Area:
Gold workings occurred in the headwaters of Burgoigee Creek during the
Responsible Authority: Indigo Shire Council
Plantation Catchment: Many creeks into Burgoigee Creek/Ovens
Catchment Managment Authority: North East Catchment Management
Hancock Watch Site visit Mar 01: Entered site from the north.
Drove through access road which headed south. Saw quite substantial
vegetation running in gully along creek draining westward. Travelled
until Flagstaff raod. Came across another patch of native vegetation
at corner. Headed through uncleared plantation until Kojak Road. Headed
south following plantation boundary. On western edge of plantation came
across some recent thinning operations. Some of the access tracks had
been cut directly through road batters - felt that this was quite unsatisfactory.
Hancock Watch Site Visit May 2001: Drove right off Gap Road
just up from 93-139. Road drove almost on a ridge and was connected
to Kojak Road. The plantation in question is actually two plantations,
with the smaller plantation located in the headwaters of Myrtle Creek.
From the vantage point above the plantation it was difficult to determine
if there were adequate buffers on Myrtle Creek. The plantation looked
quite young and was probably replanted a couple of years ago.
Ovens River: The rivers all flow north, from heavily forested mountain
country through excessive river flats to the Murray River. Murray cod
populations close to the Murray River. Small river blackfish are common
in many rivers, Macquarie Perch are still occasionally caught, and catches
of golden perch are also being reported. Brown trout widely distributed
through system with rainbow trout most abundant in upper reaches. Upstream
from Myrtleford - Brown Trout to 1.3kg, some rainbow trout, small redfin
and river blackfish.
Ovens River: Upstream from Myrtleford - Brown Trout to 1.3kg, some rainbow
trout, small redfin and river blackfish.
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)
93-141 March 01: Thinning
operations can also increase erosion potential.
93-141 March 01: Remnant
vegetation/buffer zone on gully line.