Legal Number: LEGL/93-86
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.
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
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).