Horseshoe Bend V01

Jennifer Craker

Rupanyup, Australia

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The Wimmera River rises in the Pyranees Ranges near Ararat, flows through Horsham and Dimboola and eventually drains into Lake Hindmarsh, a short distance beyond Jeparit. It is the longest land-locked river in Victoria, Australia.

The River pictured lies between the town of Dimboola and the Little Desert.
In high rainfall years river flow can be large with occasional floods.

During times of low rainfall, the Dimboola weir retains water near the town while elsewhere the river becomes a series of pools. The region has undergone a ten year drought and the river is now dry.

Once a centre for tourist and recreational activity in the region – such as the annual Dimboola Rowing Regatta in November, thiese last few years it has been cancelled – much of the Wimmera River is now heavily degraded.

The Wimmera River suffers from salinity, weed and reed infestations, eutrophication and massively reduced flow. Much of the river and its tributaries are considered to be in marginal to very poor condition.

The Wimmera River still forms a vital link between several different wildlife habitats, such as the Little Desert and the Big Desert.

There are several areas along the river where red gum and black box woodlands support an understorey of native species that have disappeared from other cleared areas and here the variety of birds, plants and animals is extensive.

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