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How’s your bore holding up?

Understanding groundwater in the Strathbogie Ranges

All across the Strathbogie Ranges most properties have a bore or spring-fed dam – people rely on groundwater for stock, domestic and irrigation purposes. But, is your bore holding? During the Millennium Drought, lots of spring-fed dams and many bores struggled, or dried up. And if things stay dry, some local bores may begin to struggle again as we head into a dry autumn.

Most farmers rely on bores, like this one, for stock water.

The Strathbogie Ranges Conservation Management Network and Gecko CLaN Landcare are working with landholders to monitor changes in groundwater in the Seven Creeks catchment. In November 2018, automated monitoring equipment was installed in a Strathbogie bore and several more automated bore monitors are being planned. In addition, ten private bores are being regularly ‘dipped’ to see how groundwater varies across the Tableland.

Friday evening’s presentation will include several speakers. University of Melbourne hydrologists, Dr Tim Peterson and Mr Giancarlo Bonotto, are beginning a multi-year investigation into groundwater on the Strathbogie Tableland. Tim and Giancarlo will share their knowledge of groundwater in fractured rock aquifers and describe the research they are undertaking.

Phil Whitten from Farm Monitoring Solutions will demonstrate equipment that can help landholders manage their water supplies and Bertram Lobert from the Strathbogie Ranges CMN will outline the current community bore monitoring project and how those bores are behaving this season. Kerri Robson from Gecko CLaN will outline opportunities available to landholders to better manage farm water.

When: 6 to 8 pm Friday 22nd March 2019

Where: Strathbogie Hall, Supper Room.

Cost: free, light supper provided.

RSVP for catering: Bertram Lobert 0409 433 276 or Kerri Robson 0418 140 710

The spring-soaks and bogs that the Strathbogie Ranges are famous for, are groundwater dependent.

This project is supported by the Victorian Government and the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority.

Riparian Walk #3 – Hughes Creek Tarcombe

Come along to our 3rd walk in this series of famous SRCMN Riparian Walks.

After a few bogie based walks, it’s now time to revisit the stunning Hughes Creek.

The aim of these walks is to become better acquainted with our local waterways, and record some of their standout features along the way.

This walk is long (5.5km/3.5hours) and of moderate difficulty with several creek crossings and a lot of rock hopping. Hiking experience isn’t necessary, but an average level of fitness and mobility will be required. Difficulty will increase drastically if wet weather precedes it, or if it’s hot on the day.

Walkers will meet down at the Ruffy CFA shed before driving out to the starting point at Donovan Rd. From there, walkers will descend down the Hughes Creek, following it to Ponkeen Creek Rd. Walkers will then be driven back to their cars at the starting point.

Please note, as we’ll be traversing private property on these walks, no dogs or other pets are allowed.

Time/Date: 8:45am to 1pm, Sunday the 31st of March, 2019

Meeting Location: Strathbogie CFA Shed – 1 Nolans Rd, Ruffy VIC 3666

Finishing Location: Ponkeen Creek Rd

Length: 5.5km

Difficulty: Moderate

RSVPs are essential, so please email us at strathbogierangescmn@gmail.com to register your interest.