Region: Upper Murray
Legal Number: LEGL/93-157/1
Conservation Priority: Low/Med
Plantation within Australian Newsprint Mill (ANM) Ltd area of supply.
Plantation within Carter Holt Harvey (now owned by International Paper) area of supply.
Plantation within Boral Timber (Tumbarumba) NSW area of supply.
Plantation within Dominance Industries (Alpine MDF Industries) area of supply.
Plantation Possibly located on Tin Mine tailings: Tin was first worked in the Koetong area in 1873. In June that year, stream tin was being worked on Koetong, Dry Forest, Burrowye, Pheasant and Cudgewa Creeks and their branches. Stream tin was worked in much the same way as alluvial gold; the upper soil (called 'stripping') on the creek flats was shovelled away until tin-bearing washdirt was exposed; sluicing was then carried out.
Water Catchment Area: LAKE HUME SUPPLIES WATER TO BELLBRIDGE, TALLANGATTA. MURRAY RIVER SUPPLIES WATER TO ALBURY/WODONGA, TANGAMBALANGA, KIEWA, RUTHERGLEN, YARRAWONGA, COBRAM, BARMAH, ECHUCA , KERANG, PIANGIL, SWAN HILL, ROBINVALE, MILDURA
Herbicides Used by Hancock in Pine Plantations - North East Region Victoria
Plantation lies inside Lake Hume Designated Water Supply Catchment.
Responsible Authority: Towong Shire Council
Plantation Catchment: Headwaters and tribuataries feeding into Dry Forest Creek/Mitta Mitta Arm Lake Hume. Tributaries of Koetong Creek.
Catchment Managment Authority: North East Catchment Management Authority
Hancock Watch site visit Mar 01: 2 plantation areas. The first area lies on flat land feeding into Dry Forest Creek catchment. This plantation had not yet been harvested however it was evident that impacts would be likely to be low. The second plantation area was not assessed in any great detail, however it appered mainly to be on mild slopes, with some steeper areas, likely to be of medium impact when harvested. This plantation adjoins a mass of plantations south of Koetong and feeds into the Koetong Creek catchment. Appears to be of medium priority.
Upper Murray River: The Upper Murray Basin is drained by numerous small streams which comprise part of the headwaters of the Murray River. All the rivers, except the lower reaches of the northern streams, flow through inaccessible, heavily forested mountain country. The two best trout waters are the Cudgewa and Nariel Creeks. Koetong Creek is being stocked with Trout Cod as part of a program aimed at establishing additional viable populations of this endangered native fish species.
Mitta Mitta - Lake Hume: Cleared river flats, sand, mud and rubble bed. Water level fluctuates with releases from Lake Dartmouth. Contains mostly redfin, brown trout, carp and golden perch, particularly upstream from Lake Hume. River blackfish to 70g in some localities. Murray Cod used to be abundant downstream of Eskdale but have declined markedly in number, probably due to releases of cold water from Lake Dartmouth.
Dry Forest Creek, Granya: A small creek flowing through forest and grazing land, gravel bed. Carries some brown trout to 700g at certain times of the year, and provides limited fishing.
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)