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.
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.
Incomplete herbicide regime:
Spring/Summer 1993: 100 hectares of this plantation was sprayed by the Victorian Plantations Corporation with 850 litres of Lontrel L herbicide to kill Blackberry, Bracken and stands of Silver Wattle (>3m high) less than 2500 sph.
Responsible Authority: Towong Shire Council
Plantation Catchment: Reedy Creek West Branch/Cudgewa Creek.
Catchment Managment Authority: North East Catchment Management Authority
Hancock Watch site visit Mar 01: Plantation located in the upper reaches of Reedy Creek West and East Branches. Plantation appeared to be on flat land with minimum slopes - bar some slopes on the southern and central aspects. Road leading to plantation was in poor condition, probably meaning that road works will occur when the plantation is ready to be harvested, meaning sediment build up in Reedy Creek and possibly Cudgewa Creek as well. In some areas the plantation was located within 10 metres of creek (East Branch). Further investigation warranted.
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.
Cudgewa Creek, Cudgewa: Rises in heavily timbered country, then flows through grazing land, gravel, rock and mud bed. Erosion of banks and siltation requires control. Carries mostly brown trout average 480g, maximum 900g, rainbow trout to 450g and abundant river Blackfish. Spiny freshwater crayfish are present. Lower reaches contain some redfin and occasional Murray Cod to 6.6kg. Murray Cod are reported to be still present in the middle reaches. Last stocked with trout by Department in 1969. No further trout stocking will be considered because of the viable Murray Cod population and reported trout cod.
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)
The distribution of Trout Cod is more restricted than in the past (Cadwallader &Gooley 1984). They were once widespread in the Murray-Darling system, mostly in the upper reaches (e.g. Mitta Mitta, Ovens, King and Goulburn Rivers), though recorded as far downstream as Mannum in South Australia (Cadwallader & Backhouse 1983, Cadwallader & Gooley 1984). In Victoria the only known viable population occurs in Seven Creeks, upstream of Euroa between Gooram Falls and Polly McQuinns Weir, and originates from fish translocated from the Goulburn River in 1921 and 1922.
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (CNR) and its predecessors have released fish into Koetong, Hughes, Ryans and Buffalo Creeks and the Coliban and Broken Rivers. There are also unconfirmed reports of Trout Codin a number of waters, including the King, upper Ovens, and lower Goulburn Rivers, and Cutting, Narial, Cudgewa, Morses and Broken Creeks.