Ouyen and Hattah, Vic

To: Euan Moore <>
Subject: Ouyen and Hattah, Vic
From: Jenny Spry <>
Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2014 12:58:29 +1000
Hi Euan,

Thanks for adding this information. It is wonderful news.

I remember back in the early 1970s when it was OK to camp anywhere in park
area and we camped at the stock yards beside a flooded Chalka Creek one
night and the next night beside Lake Bitterang. Birds were everywhere and
the grasslands were green and tall. How wonderful if these conditions could
return. I am more than happy to wait a year or two for the current flooding
to subside. And my thanks to all the parks staff and others who have made
this flooding possible.



On 14 June 2014 14:00, Euan Moore <> wrote:

> Hi All,
> I was at Hattah over the LWE as part of a rabbit survey with Parks Vic,
> Mallee CMA and Victorian National Parks Association (VNPA).  The ranger
> told
> us a bit about the environmental water program which is currently happening
> at Hattah NP and referred to by Jenny Spry.
> Currently the water is at a moderate to high flood and is rising at about
> 2cm per day.  It is planned to keep pumping water until November 2014, at
> which time the lake levels will be about 2m higher than at present.  This
> will completely flood the Hattah campground.  Lake Mournpall campground may
> not be flooded but will be inaccessible because of flooded roads.  The
> lakes
> walking track east of Hattah Lake is already closed due to the flooding as
> is the northern half of the walk at Lake Mournpall.
> This flood should flood much of the black box country which has not had a
> proper drink for at least 25yrs and give a much needed boost to the red
> gums
> that suffered so badly during the drought years.  There should also be
> sufficient flooded forest to allow for breeding waterbirds and colonial
> nesters such as herons, darters and cormorants.
> With all this water around the ranger strongly recommended that visitors
> check on access to the park when planning a visit.  Access conditions are
> changing fairly rapidly at the moment.
> A canoe may be the best way to get around these wetlands for the next year
> or so.
> We also found a couple of previously unrecorded Malleefowl mounds during
> our
> rabbit search.
> Cheers,
> Euan
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