Upland Slopes

The Upland Slopes generate the largest proportion of the catchment’s total water yield. Lake Eildon, which regulates the Goulburn River, is an important feature and contributes to agriculture and enhancing lifestyles in this area.

The Goulburn River delivers a regulated supply of high quality water down the catchment. Waterways vary in their condition, with the Goulburn River considered to be in a poor state, largely due to regulation.  Streams in the upland slopes are highly valued for recreation and tourism opportunities.

Recent bushfires threatened water quality in this area through erosion, sedimentation and residue processes.  There are also a number of point sources of pollution (including township and lifestyle development).

Changes to flow and flood regimes that regulate rivers threaten native fish populations and floodplain dependent plant species.  However this regulation also provides many values to the community, in terms of visitation, recreation and productive intensive farming.

Priority Waterways include:

Holland Creek, Acheron River, Broken River, Goulburn River, Ford/Brankeet/Merton Creeks, Ryans Creek, Bridge Creek System, Hughes Creek

Resource Condition Targets

Fish migration (open passage) is maintained or improved by 2025

Heritage River values are maintained or improved by 2025

Improve flow regime by 2021

Instream habitat is maintained or improved by 2030

Maintain “Ecological Healthy Status”

Populations of native fish are maintained or improved by 2025

Protect and promote natural channel form and dynamics

Recreational values are maintained or improved by 2030

Riparian and floodplain vegetation condition is maintained or improved by 2025

Water quality is maintained or improved by 2030