North East Aerial Wattle Control Programme

September 24, 2021

HVP Plantations wish to advise of upcoming wattle control operations in the plantations in the North East region of Victoria.

This wattle control operation will see the application of liquid Clopyralid (Clomac) applied to the young plantations. Areas being treated include plantations located at – : Whiskey Ck, Warrenbayne, Lake Buffalo, Myrtleford, Merriang, Ovens, Bright, Mitta and Shelley.

A helicopter will be used to accurately broadcast the treatment area. The operation is scheduled to commence in November and will take less than a day in each location and approximately 1 week overall, and will be delayed if weather conditions are not suitable.

HVP will install on ground signage in advance of the operation to highlight the specific area to be treated. Buffer zones are employed and ensure the operation is safe and contained. Buffers of 200m are applied between the operation and residential dwellings, and 30m between the operation and protected waterways and adjoining properties. Strict operational control particularly with respect to weather conditions will be observed throughout the operation, to ensure no off-target application.

This operation is being used to ensure that the young trees have reduced competition for water, light and nutrients.

The use of herbicides in Victoria is in accordance with the Agriculture and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) Regulations 2017.  All products used are registered for use in Victoria and have been approved by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).  Further information can be found at

Maps showing the location of the planned operations can be seen using the links below -:

Ovens     Dandongadale    Merriang    Bright

Shelley       Walwa          Lucyvale     Mitta Mitta

Toombullup       Warrenbayne

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