Friends Of Upper Morwell River – Dec. 2011

From left – Brian McLure, Paul Jesse, Jill Parker, John Parker, Mick Schiller, Denise Schiller, Phip Piper and Alan Hall at the recent AGM

If you are looking for the Upper Morwell River Falls and haven’t found them yet, there are now 4 clues provided by Alan Hall at the entrance off Morwell River Road. Look for a lyrebird, a platypus, a crayfish or a black fish. All these creatures are found along the reaches of the Upper Morwell River.

Since 2009 the Friends have been developing the Morwell River Falls Reserve Management Plan. Since 2010 Kevin Roberts from the Latrobe City Morwell River Neighbourhood Environment Improvement Plan (NEIP) has worked in conjunction with the Friends and we now have the final draft available to present to the different land managers associated with the Falls. These are the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE), Hancock Victoria Plantations (HVP) and Latrobe City. The management plan has been beautifully presented by Kevin and includes pictorial documentation provided by Catheryn Thompson and Alan Hall as well as lots of maps, historical and ecological information. The management plan outlines t

Lyrebird stencil marks the entrance off Morwell River Road.

he ‘where, what, why, when and how’ of site management and is essential if the site is to be officially re-opened for tourism and recreation.

Continuing working bees have seen a great improvement to the access tracks and signage. A gate has been constructed to allow a 4 wheel motorbike for maintenance but not cars, as it is just a short walk to the picnic site the limit of car access will ensure greater protection of the values of the reserve. The Friends honour the relentless work that Mick Schiller has put in over the last years and we wish him a wholesome recovery from his recent illness.

For further info contact:

Catheryn Thompson, President, Friends of the Upper Morwell River Inc, on 0435 048 153, or catherynthompson@gmail.com

or to join the “Friends Of the Upper Morwell River Inc” contact the Treasurer, Phil Piper: hugtrees@sympac.com.au.