Region: Gippsland

Legal Number: LEGL/93-120

Plantation: Moondarra

Conservation Priority: High

93-120a April 01: Lack of buffer zones apparent after logging. 166 hectares of this plantation was aerially sprayed about this time with 464.8kg of Roundup Max, 13,280 Litres of Metsulfuron Methyl and 33 Litres of Pulse (a surfactant).

Water Catchment Area: Almost one half of the plantation (eastern half) lies in the Tyers River Catchment (Moondarra Reservoir). Land Use Determination LUD 7/5/75. LUDís replaced with Special Area Plans under the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994.

Central Gippsland Plantation Maps here

Google Earth image circa early 2001: Note proximity to Moondarra Reservoir.

Water Catchment Area: Approximately 20% of the plantation (north-west) lies in the Tanjil River Catchment. Land Use Determination LUD 16/4/85(A). LUDís replaced with Special Area Plans under the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994.

For map showing Gippsland Water Supply Catchments click here

March 2006: Bushfires in January 2006 killed several hundred hectares of plantations on the western edge of this plantation.

March 2006: Fire scorched these wildlings and swept over several hundred hectares of unplanted plantation.

Area within PaperlinX area of supply.

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

Herbicide Regimes: (From incompleted information sourced from Gippsland Water):

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.

April 2000: 65 ha sprayed with 226.2kg Trounce (glyphosate and metsulfuron methyl)& 13 kg Pulse (a surfactant) to kill Bracken and Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium).

October 2000: 64 ha sprayed with 865.5kg Velmac G to kill Gahnia (Thatch Saw-Sedge) and Bracken. 6 ha sprayed with 120 kg Velmac CR to kill Gahnia and Bracken.

April 2001: 166ha sprayed with 464.8kg of Roundup Max, 13280 Litres of Metmac and 33.2 Litres of Pulse (a surfactant).

September 2001: 184 ha sprayed with 2760 kg of Velmac G to kill Woody Weeds (native regeneration).

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


THOMSON/LATROBE RIVER: Australian Grayling are found in some streams in the catchment. Used to have a large population of Blackfish, but due to desnagging, sedimentation and destruction of riparian vegetation these populations have declined. Crayfish are an issue in catchment.

Responsible Authority: Baw Baw Shire Council

Plantation Catchment: Seperates Tyers State Park/Moondarra State Park. Couple of small creeks flow south into farm dams and Anderson Creek/Latrobe River. Some flow possibly into Moondarra Reservoir.

Catchment Managment Authority: West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority

Soils: Sourced from Moe Geological Survey Map.

Tg: Tertiary: Undifferentiated gravel, sand, silt, clay, carbonaceous, rare brown coal, cross bedded, planar bedded, locally silicified (sometimes to Tvt basalts), ferruginous altered porcellanaite. . .

Hancock Watch Site Visit Apr 01: Large plantation with lots of recent logging. Entered the site from the south from Hunter Road. Large area of native vegetation remains unlogged in the approximate centre of the plantation, however wildings are present through some of this forest. Most of the plantation on the eastern side was still under pine, most harvesting had occurred on the western side. Workers were at the site making a full inspection difficult, however a number of issues were prevalent. Firstly the buffer zone protection on drainage lines leading west were minimal to non-existent. It was also evident that there had been recent destruction of native species near a buffer zone on a drainage line near Wells Track. It was also apparant that native vegetation had been destroyed further south on Wells Track as well. This is only the second instance of Hancock Watch witnessing native vegetation destruction through Hancock's lands outside of the Strzelecki's. The native vegetation was most likely to be regeneration, however the buffer zone warrants greater protection.

Moondarra Reservoir, Tyers - A domestic water storage on the Tyers River. Contains carp, brown trout, redfin and eels.

93-120b April 01: Lack of buffer zones on western flowing creek that flows into Anderson Creek inside the Tanjil River Catchment..

93-120c April 01: Native vegetation destroyed inside buffer zones in the Tanjil River catchment..

93-120d April 01: Native vegetation destroyed inside buffer zones.

93-120e Remnant bush inside middle of plantation set aside from logging?
LaTrobe River Moondarra Reservoir Medium High Strzeleckis