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|Estuary name||Wreck Creek|
|CMA||West Gippsland CMA|
Wreck Creek is a small intermittently closing and opening estuarine lagoon located on the western edge of Inverloch. From the coast the estuary follows Cape Paterson - Inverloch Road towards the Inverloch RACV resort, for approximately 800 metres, before the creek becomes fresh. The creek has two main branches, one that begins well above the RACV resort (including the resorts wetlands) and the other flows out of farmland through the residential area to the north. For the majority of the year two branches of the creek are mostly dry (apart from a few ponds and billabongs that have been sighted on private property upstream). These creeks begin to flow during wet times (winter / spring), and for the majority of the time the main habitat available to biota is the estuarine lagoon itself.
Plant communities / species (Ecological Vegetation Classes (EVCs) and Bioregional Conservation Significance in Victoria);
Fish identified during sampling in January 2017
Significant bird species (Conservation Status Victoria);
Threats to estuary health include;
|Monitor group||WGCMA Estuary Management Group|
Wr1 Surf Parade Bridge InverlochActive Physico-Chemical 26-05-2016 - 08-03-2023
Centre culvert on the downstream (ocean) side of Surf Parade Bridge
WrGB Wreck Creek Gauge Board SiteActive Gauge Board
The Gauge board is located on the eastern downstream side of the Surf Parade Bridge, right alongside the bridge itself.
WrMC Wreck Creek Mouth Condition SiteActive Mouth Condition 06-04-2017 - 15-04-2021
Wreck Creek Mouth Condition Monitoring Site, located at the end of the Wreck Creek access path opposite 178 Surf Parade Inverloch.
WrMC2 Wreck Creek Mouth Opening Number Two (western end)Active Mouth Condition 14-07-2020 - 08-03-2023
In April 2020, following a large storm surge event, a new opening was formed at Wreck Creek. There are now two locations where the creek can flow out to sea. This site will be monitored in conjunction with the mouth condition monitoring site established several years ago (further east).
Wrp1 Wreck Creek Photopoint SiteActive Photopoint 07-04-2017 - 14-06-2022
Site located at end of beach access path opposite 178 Surf Parade Inverloch. Site located on grassy mound (site of proposed Fluker Post).
Wrp2 Wreck Creek Photopoint Site TwoActive Photopoint 01-06-2020 - 09-03-2023
Wreck Creek West end Opening
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