Region: Strzeleckis

Legal Number: LEGL/93-114

Plantation: Leongatha

93-114d Northern end of western plantation. Scattered old trees on what was probably farmland. wedgetail eagle feather found here in January 2001

Conservation Priority: Medium

May 2013: About a dozen trees, some of them old growth bowled over to widen a logging road after 30 ha of plantation burnt during March 2013 bushires.


Strzelecki Ranges Maps Here

Plantations are approximately 140ha in size and were established in 1989. Midways Bluegum plantations were established sometime later - probably 2006. Hancock's plantations are at one point 20 metres from the Tarwin River West Branch.

Area within PaperlinX area of supply.

Area within Brown and Dureau Softwoods (Morwell) area of supply.

THREATENED FISH NOTES - TARWIN RIVER: Consistent records of Australian Grayling.

May 2013: This tree was probably older than 150 years. Bowled over by Hancock to make way for widening of logging access track.

Herbicides Used by Grand Ridge Plantations - Strzelecki Ranges and Gippsland Victoria

Herbicide Label Rate max as kg/ha Used to control Euc/Rad Notes Application
Clopyralid 2.55 Woody Weeds Radiata and Eucalypts Highly Toxic/Potential Ground water Contaminant aerial or ground
Glufosinate Ammonium 1 Woody Weeds Radiata   aerial or ground
Glyphosate 3.6 Herbaceous and woody weeds, noxious weeds Radiata, Eucalpts and Custodial    
Haloxyfop-methyl 0.13 Annual and Pernneial Grasses Eucalypts Carcinogen aerial or ground
Hexazinone 4 Woody Weeds Radiata Ground Water Contaminant Aerial, ground, spot
Metsulfuron-Methyl 0.06 Woody Weeds, Noxious Weeds Radiata, Eucalyptus and Custodial Potential Ground Water Contaminant Aerial, ground or spot
Sulfometuron Methyl 0.6 Annual and Perennial Grasses and broadleaf weeds Eucalyptus Potential Ground Water Contaminant Aerial or Ground


Responsible Authority: South Gippsland Shire Council

Plantation Catchment: 2 creeks/2 HW running SE into Tarwin River West Branch/Anderson Inlet/Venus Bay. Two plantations seperated by farmland.

Catchment Managment Authority: West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority

May 2013: Old growth destroyed for no reason

Hancock Watch Site visit Jan 01: Travelled along Forresters Road. Went into plantation on west side. Scattered remnant old growth stringybark etc at north end of plantation. Found a wedgetail eagle feather. Possibly 50 trees in all. Travelled into plantation on east side. Area borders State Forest with mixed species - mainly stringybark regrowth. Not many older trees - trees possibly 40 - 50 years old. Northern aspect covered in regrowth. Pine plantations established on east side of northern aspect of plantation. Drove down main access track. Possibly 500 metres of regrowth stringy on both sides of track. Drove into plantation. Road average in places. All tribs marked on LEGL's dominated by pine. Occasional euc's in plantations including old trees. Buffer of Manna Gums and farmland along Tarwin River West Branch. River looked in poor shape. Not much flow.

Tarwin River, Tarwin - Alambee South to Wilkur Creek: Slower flowing water with deep holes, mud and sand bottom. Contains some brown trout to 350g, average 90g, but occasional larger fish. Abundant river blackfish and tupong. Access restricted by private property.

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)

93-114a Eastern plantation. Regrowth in northern aspect of plantation.

93-114b Western plantation. Remnant native vegetation with some scattered older trees.

93-114c Western plantation. Scattered old growth in north of plantation. Wedgetail eagle feather found near this location.
Tarwin River Blackfish Tupong Australian Grayling Low/Medium Strzeleckis