Legal Number: LEGL/93-75
Conservation Priority: Med
Hancock Watch Site visit December 2001:
This plantation takes in only a small portion of land that runs alongside Mill Road. This entire area was logged in late 2001, and a small buffer of indigenous vegetation was retained alongside Mill Road. See LEGL/93-74 for further information. Located about 4km east of Boolara.
Located within Rosedale Groundwater Management Area
Area within PaperlinX area of supply.
Area within Brown and Dureau Softwoods (Morwell) 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 Grand Ridge Plantations - Strzelecki Ranges and Gippsland Victoria
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: LaTrobe Shire Council
Plantation Catchment: Several tribs Bellbrook Creek - north edge runs along Bellbrook Creek/Morwell River/LaTrobe River.
Catchment Managment Authority: West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority
Morwell River, Morwell: Rises in mainly cleared hills, flows in a rock and mud bed through cleared river flats. Dense growth of willows on the banks below Boolara makes fishing difficult. Catchment is steep sided, and erosion has led to some of the middle and lower reaches becoming badly silted. A popular stream with local anglers. Some trout spawning occurs. Contains mainly brown trout to 560g, average is very small, also eels, spiny freshwater crayfish, carp, goldfish, tupong 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).