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The Macalister River rises in the hills just below Mt Howitt. It flows south past Licola then into Lake Glenmaggie just north of Heyfield. The Macalister then passes through Maffra, and via the Thompson and Latrobe rivers, into Lake Wellington and the sea.
The valley above Heyfield is a popular spot for locals and visitors. Camping, fishing, hiking and four wheel driving are popular pursuits for the area. I like to peruse many of the gullies for the huge variety of birds and wildflowers.
Back in December 2006, the area was devastated by huge bushfires. The fires raged for two months and burnt out more than 1 million hectares.
Just several months later, in June 2007 the region received its heaviest rainfall in years. The denuded ground was unable to absorb or hold back the torrent. As a result, a devastating flood ensued. The river and Lake Glenmaggie remain discoloured with silt to this day.
Periodically, I have visited some of my favourite spots to check on their recovery, and things seem to be well and truly on the mend. Yesterday, I saw that parts of the valley were returning to their former splendid condition.
The birds were in good number and variety – Crescent and White-naped Honeyeaters, King Parrots, Whistlers, Robins, Thornbills, Wrens, and more.
There seemed to be plenty of evidence that the basic ecological cycle of producer – consumer – decomposer, was returning. There were lots of epicormic and lignotuber growth, new seedlings, wildflowers, animal tracks, scats, and fungi.
There have been some obvious landscape changes in places, for example, the river flats are heavily eroded and there have been some changes in the actual course of the river.
This is just nature at work of course and has been going on for thousands of years. It is the reason for the rich fertile plains downstream.
The fires and the floods were devastating. There are still many places totally empty of life as yet. However, in many places just a few hundred metres from the river, the deep gullies and gorges seemed untouched. I feel sure time will heal.