Land Conservation Council
The first official (government) acknowledgment of the scenic values of the Otways were acknowledged by the Land Conservation Council (LCC) 1978 - Final Recommendations Corangamite Area.
The study put rivers into different categories based on the environment the river flows though. These categorises were:
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The study found 21 rivers in Victoria with high natural scenic values. Four of these were in the Otways and include:
See extract from A scenic assessment of Victoria's
The results of this study indicate that Victoria's scenic rivers occur mainly in the East of the State and the Otway Ranges. In Western and Central Victoria, land clearing for agriculture and subsequent erosion have had a significant impact on the scenic quality of rivers.
The reliance on aerial photography along with limited time, have been acknowledged as limiting factors in doing a proper assessment in A scenic assessment of Victoria's Rivers. Link
The 1989 LCC Rivers and Streams Special Investigation (page 59) also acknowledged the limitations of using aerial photographs and suggested better information can be obtained with field inspections and local knowledge obtained though public submissions.
Due to the large numbers of rivers that needed to be assessed, smaller rivers and creeks were not done. For the Otways, smaller rivers such as the Wye, Kennett, Grey, Carisbrook, Smythe and St Georges have never been assessed for aesthetic values.
1978, LCC - Final Recommendations Corangamite Area.
1988, Aug - A scenic assessment of Victoria's Rivers prepared for the Land Conservation Council special investigation of Victoria's Rivers and Streams
1989, Sept - LCC Rivers and Streams Special Investigation.
It must be noted that the results from this procedure
are only preliminary. A number of issues arising out of the assessment
procedure and the evaluation process when applied to Rivers on a broad
Number of Sites :Assessed
Due to time constraints and the magnitude of the sample, not all Reaches mapped in the classification phase have been subjected to the assessment process. For purely pragmatic reasons it was necessary to reduce the sample size. However, all major rivers and creeks have been subjected to the full assessment process, while smaller creeks flowing through potentially less scenic areas, (identified during the classification phase), have not.
Number of Criteria :Assessed
The actual number of positive and negative features assessed has varied for each Reach. This is due to a number of factors:
1 The scale of available aerial photography. Coverage varies across the State.
2 Some criteria are not readily assessable using aerial photographs. This is particularly apparent in the Cultural/ Wildlife categories. (c.f. below).
3 The extent of overhanging canopy excluding waterform from view.
4 The extent to which a river has been field checked.
Reaches have the potential to score more highly in positive and negative features, where it was possible to assess a greater number of criteria for one or more of the above reasons. This creates a bias in favour of Reaches which were assessed in more detail. To indicate where a bias has occurred in this manner number of actual criteria assessed for each Reach, and the total number of possible criteria in each River/Landscape Setting is indicated on each Summary Table (Appendix C).
Type of Criteria Assessed
In some cases, it was impossible to assess certain criteria from aerial photographs. Specifically, Cultural and Wildlife criteria are almost impossible to assess using Aerial Photo alone. Therefore in Small Town, Agricultural and Farm Forest Settings the lack of information about Cultural and Wildlife criteria may weight the assessment results. In Small Town Settings for example, where Cultural features are an important component in the assessment process, this bias may be significant.
The scenic quality of the Cumberland River is further enhanced by the presence of rockfaces, cliffs and the spectacular Cumberland Falls.
Large boulders and rock outcrops, a highly meandering stream section, and the Aire Falls add to the scenic quality of the first Reach of the Aire River. The Coastline/Agricultural Reach of the Aire River (3) flows to the sea where dune formations, sandbars and diverse remnant coastal vegetation are present. This Reach is also highly scenic.
The Erskine River has two significant sets of falls.
These are the Erskine and Straw Falls. It also has numerous cascades and
isolated hanging valleys. Fords cross the river and a natural amphitheatre
named 'The Sanctuary' occurs in the Viewshed. Small clearings in the natural
vegetation detract slightly from the quality of this Reach.
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