Coupe Portraits: Walking the Damaged Forests of East Gippsland (Gunaikurnai Country)

By and | 1 May 2021

Sandy Creek ponds – HVP plantations

Text by Louise Crisp | photograph by Lisa Roberts


Police tape flickers in the sun undulations of dead cotton weed three kangaroos follow a
soft pad alongside spindly swamp gums coppiced before the pines were planted twenty-five
years ago in deep-walled encircling contours across the valley After harvest, glysophate and
replanting, pellatised hexazinone is thrown out of aeroplanes above the chain-of-ponds –
poison water scum eucalypt canopy scorch and a new plantation consumes ephemeral waters

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