Region: Strzeleckis

Legal Number: LEGL/93-86

Plantation: Woorara

Conservation Priority: Med conservation importance

Area within PaperlinX area of supply.

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

Hancock Site visit:

LEGL/93-86: Woorarra Block. Site visit November 2001.This area consists of two plantations, a small pine plantation east of the Boolara Foster Road and the southern portion of LEGL93-84. The small pine plantation is located on mild slopes on what appears to be ex-farmland. It warrants a low conservation priority.

Plantations located 7km north east of Foster

Plantation 93-86 planted in 1979 and 1991. Plantation located at southern edge of Mt Square Top planted in 1974. The herbicide 2,4,5-T would have been used at a rate of 1.1L/ha mixed with 50L/ha diesel.

Strzelecki Ranges Maps Here

A large portion of this plantation was very likely to be aerially sprayed with 2,4,5-T in 1974. 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.

Potentially a dozen houses lie downstream of plantations LEGL93-84 & LEGL93-86. Some of these could potentially be pumping drinking water from the Franklin River.

Water Catchment Area: DEEP CREEK CATCHMENT SUPPLIES POTENTIAL WATER TO FOSTER, although this plantation lies outside of the Deep Creek water supply.

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 tribs Pebble Creek/Deep Creek/Franklin River

Catchment Managment Authority: West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority

Deep Creek, Foster: A fast flowing stream rising in timbered hilly country, rock bottom. Lower section is highly modified by agriculture. Access is very difficult and in most places walking is necessary. In the headwaters, where the catchment is not highly modified, there is a viable population of trout.

Franklin River, Foster: A fast flowing stream rising in timbered hilly country, rock bottom. Middle and lower reaches are highly modified by agriculture. Access difficult and in most places walking is necessary. The headwaters contain brown trout to 400g, occasional larger fish, average 160g, some river blackfish and eels. In the lower reaches mainly shallow but some deep holes, sluggish flow, mud and sand bottom. Contains an abundance of eels. Few other fish caught. Estuarine section contains the usual estuarine fish found in district, including estuary perch to 1.4kg.

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).


Deep Creek Franklin River Strzeleckis