Legal Number: LEGL/93-91/1
Conservation Priority: High
Key Strzelecki Warm Temperate Rainforest Site
Area within PaperlinX area of supply.
Area within Brown and Dureau Softwoods (Morwell) area of supply.
Plantation size: ~175ha
Located in Yarram Water Supply Protection Area - Groundwater
100ha of this plantation was very likely to be aerially sprayed with 2,4,5-T between 1969 and 1976. 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.
Perhaps 21 houses lie downstream of this plantation, meaning that potentially 50 people may be using the Albert River for drinking water.
Plantations established in 1983/4 (`~100ha) were most likely established with a concoction of Amitrole (Weedagol T.L. Plus) and (Gesaprim 500) Atrazine may have been sprayed. In 2002 scientists in the United States found that Atrazine at levels as low of 0.1part per billion altered hormones in frogs. Since then Atrazine has been found to have the same effect across a range of animals. 100ha would probably have been sprayed with the Atrazine (4 l/ha/Amitrole 7l/ha) mixture. Totals 400 litres Atrazine, 700 litres Amitrole). The highest risk years for drinking water quality would have been between 1976-7 & 1983-5.
Herbicides Used by Grand Ridge Plantations - Strzelecki Ranges and Gippsland Victoria
Hancock Site visit:
This is a small plantation which lies south of the Madalya Road in the Albert River catchment. Mostly dominated by radiata pine established in the late 70's/early eighties. There is a small stand of remnant old growth near the junction of Egans Road and Madalya Road. This is very narrow and hugs the roadside. Some small patches of native vegetation were also visible along tributaries of the Albert River. Some of the slopes in this plantation appear to be quite steep in places and therefore the area is given a medium conservation ranking.
Responsible Authority: Wellington Shire Council
Plantation Catchment: Several tribs Billy Creek/Albert River
Catchment Managment Authority: West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority
Albert River - Above Staceys Bridge: A fast flowing stream running through partly cleared hills, rock bottom. Contains brown trout to 350g, abundant, mainly small river blackfish, tupong and grayling.
Albert River - Below Staceys Bridge: Flows through open country, mud and sand bottom. Highly modified by agriculture, water is often turbid with wide variations in flow and water level. Where the habitat is suitable, trout will be found but, like the Agnes River, these areas are relatively inaccessible. Eels abundant and a few brown trout from 200 to 600g, occasional small river blackfish. Estuarine section often has estuary perch.
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)