Fire Recovery 2009

The Kilmore East – Murrindindi Complex North Fire was first reported on Saturday 7th February 2009 and burnt approximately 252,000 ha of land. A total of 188,000ha was burnt in the Goulburn Broken Catchment affecting a significant area of the upper Goulburn River catchment between Kilmore / Wandong and Alexandra, and resulted in loss of life, devastation to social and built assets and natural values.

The loss of habitat and the reduced ground cover pose significant risks to the short and long term condition of the catchment:

  • Loss of critical habitat for threatened species
  • Loss of habitat for endangered species
  • Proliferation of environmental and noxious weeds 
  • Increased soil erosion, loss of seed bank and degradation of waterways and farm water supplies
  • Loss of pastures and fodder

Fire intensity fluctuated widely across the fire affected area, which coupled to the varying condition of assets, different stages of growth and development, and the natural vagaries of fire behaviour means the impact on assets has been highly variable.

The GB CMA is working in partnership with other organisations to manage fire related issues, ensuring works are delivered appropriately and efficiently throughout the Catchment.

In this section

Assessment of Fire Impacts

An assessment of fire related damage on priority river systems was undertaken in April 2009 to facilitate their recovery. These priority streams were the Big, Rubicon, Taggerty, Steavenson, Acheron, Murrindindi and Yea Rivers and King Parrot, Sunday and Dry Creeks. Some minor tributaries were also assessed.

What landholders can do to help

The Goulburn Broken CMA is offering two options for landholders for fencing along waterways burnt in the February fires.

Resources and Links

Resources in this section are designed to inform landholders in the Goulburn Broken Catchment.