Region: Strzeleckis

Legal Number: LEGL/93-77

Plantation: Livingston

Conservation Priority: High Conservation

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.

Strzelecki Ranges Maps Here

This plantation adjoins plantation LEGL93-76. See that page for more information.

LEGL 93-77: December 2001:Old Mountain Ash on tributary of Morwell River West Branch.


LEGL 93-77a: December 2001: Mountain ash in tributary of Morwell River West Branch.


Area within PaperlinX area of supply.

Area within Planthard Hardwoods (Drouin West Sawmills) 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

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: LaTrobe Shire Council

Plantation Catchment: About 3 tribs Morwell River West Branch/Morwell River/Latrobe River
HW trib Morwell River East Branch/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)


Hancock Watch Site Visit December 2001:

This plantation borders LEGL/93-76 to the north west and west and LEGL/93-78 to the west and south. The plantation is about 2 1/2km in length and is bordered by Livingston Track. There is some hardwood plantation within this plantation and radiata pine to the north.

Site Visit December 01: Entered plantation from Siggins Road. Small areas of non-plantation ash forest in the headwaters of two tributaries of the Morwell River West Branch on the western side of Livingston Road near the corner of Siggins Road. A few older ash trees present at these sites, the most northern of the two tributaries also had a couple of examples of the FFG listed Slender Tree Fern.


LEGL 93-77b: December 2001: Flora and Fauna Guarantee listed Slender Tree Ferns in the headwaters of a Morwell River West Branch tributary.
Morwell River LaTrobe River Australian Grayling Blackfish Strzeleckis