Region: Strzeleckis

Legal Number: LEGL/93-72

Plantation: Giffard (renamed Lacey Plantation in 2007).

2142 hectares.

Conservation Priority: Med

Plantation located in Giffard Groundwater Management Area

Google Earth image August 2010. Plantation is almost 8km in length east to west and is located about 10km west of the town of Seaspray - plantation marked with yellow dot.

Google Earth image August 2010, looking east.

Responsible Authority: Wellington Shire Council

Catchment Managment Authority: West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority.

September 2007: This plantation has seen an active interest by Lakes Oil in 2007. Exploration has been occurring for oil and gas by this company. Interestingly Lakes Oil has also targeted two other (non Hancock)plantations for exploration opportunities in 2007, one about 3km south east of Longford and another about 8km north of Seaspray. If hydrocarbons are discovered kiss the plantations goodbye.

September 2007: Hancock has, for some reason, recently changed the name of this plantation.

September 2007: Broken and dismantled culverts noted at several locations throughout the plantation.

September 2007: Exceedingly poor drainage inside Lacey plantation, probably as a result of culvert destruction.

September 2007: Wipeout of hundreds of hectares of young plantation. Most of the trees on this site were established in 1988. These trees were logged at an age of less than 20 years old. This is unusual and could be a result of poor growth or could it be associated with the area being required for Hydrocarbon Exploration?

September 2007: Another view of the 'premature' wipeout of pine plantations at Giffard.

September 2007: Signs of wet weather work in a drainage line in this plantation.

September 2007: More poor drainage inside Giffard, make that Lacey plantation.

September 2003: Plantation located on old farmland and was established in the 1980's. There could be native remant native vegetation on the north western aspect of the plantation.

Plantation Catchment: Flat land draining south. The plantation lies about 2km south of Monkey Creek and is located on a stretch of land approximately 8km long and 2km wide between the South Gippsland Highway and Giffard Longford Road.

Area within PaperlinX area of supply.

Strzelecki Ranges Maps Here

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

Herbicides Used by Grand Ridge Plantations - Strzelecki Ranges and Gippsland Victoria (Atrazine may have been used initially to establish this plantation in the late 1980's)

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


Incomplete Herbicide Regime Details:

April 2000: 20 ha of Manuka aerially sprayed with 69.6 kg of Trounce (glyphosate and metsulfuron methyl) & 4 Litres of Pulse (a surfactant).

October 2000: 15.5 ha of Gahnia and Bracken sprayed with 232.5kg of Velmac G.