Strathbogie Shire Council

Tel: 1800 065 993

Environment

Strathbogie Shire's environment

The Strathbogie region has a healthy and diverse economy and a well-established pattern of settlements that provide for the needs of the regional community.

It is an attractive place to live, work and invest, and is a small but growing tourist destination, as well as an important agricultural locality across the state and nation.

Environmental awareness and sustainability is aimed at providing an inspiring, and productive place of national and international repute amidst the challenges of climate change.

 

Over the centures, our landscape has supported birds, animals and plants, as well as introduced agricultural plant, animal, and pest species, farm and urban communities, trains, planes and automobiles, as well as endless tunneling, capping, digging, cutting, burning, filling, spilling, cracking, fracking, draining and poisoning.

As our community became aware of the many threats from land clearing, rising greenhouse emissions, vanishing plant and animal species, and less abundant water availability, restoration efforts across our landscapes, and increased home sustainability have become a focus of local individuals and groups, government and business.

Though we will face many challenges into the future, you have lots of opportunities to become part of the solution.

 

Strathbogie's Traditional Owners

The Traditinoal Owners of the Strathbogie Shire are represented by two major groups with deep connections to the land and water.

The Yorta Yorta Nation in the northern plains of the Goulburn and Murray Rivers, and the Taungurung Clans in the southern catchment which include the rivers and mountains of the Strathbogie Ranges.

The Yorta Yorta Nation includes eight clan groups: Moira, Kailtheban, Wollithiga, Nguaria-iiliam-wurrung, Ulupna, Kwat Kwat, Bangerang and Yalaba Yalaba.

Some Bangerang people and other groups prefer to be recognised as separate cultural groups.

The Taungurung Clans are distinguished by nine clans: Buthera Balug, Look William, Moomoom Gundidj, Nattarak Balug, Nira Balug, Warring-Illum Balug, Yarran-Illiam, Yeeren-Illiam-Balug and Yowung-Illam Balug.

 

Our natural heritage

The Strathbogie Tablelands support significant peatlands and spring soaks, with localised areas of vegetation in excellent condition.

There are more than 400 perched bogs hosting many threatened plant species.

To the western side of the Shire is the Heathcote-Graytown National Park, which hosts several threatened fauna species including the Powerful Owl, the Brush-tailed Phascogale and the Squirrel Glider.

 

Strathbogie's streams

Water is an important contested resource, which will grow in significance to us and all species with time and climate change.

The Goulburn Murray catchment is fed from the Strathbogie Ranges and other surrounding hills, where a number of significant creeks draw down to gently curve across the plains.

These include the Seven Creeks, Honeysuckle Creek, Merton Creek, Brankeet Creek, Lima East Creek, Creighton's Creek, Pranjip Creek, Spring Creek, Castle Creek and Five Mile Creek.

Many of these creeks are experiencing health decline.

Waterways like the Hughes Creek (pictured above), which is home to the endangered Macquarie perch, and the Murray cod, struggle against introduced species like Redfin, Trout and Carp, as well as large inflows of sand from flooding and erosion.

Habitat improvement works instigated by Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority, involving Strathbogie Shire Council and many community members, include improving riparian vegetation, reeds and rushes.

Groups also initiate agreements controlling stock access, and works to stabilise and rework the in-channel sand.

Additionally, re-snagging with rocks and logs greatly improve habitat for the Macquarie perch.

Many waterways are now on the improve.

If you have a question or suggestion regarding your local creek or environment, get in touch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 1800 065 993.

 

 

 

 



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