Allocations Increases for Murray and Goulburn Systems

Announcement Date: 15 Jan 2010
Next Announcement Due: 1 Feb 2010

Determination Data

Seasonal determinations for northern Victoria regulated river systems.

  High Reliability Water Share Change to High Reliability Water Share Comments
Murray 63% +3% -
Broken 0% % -
Goulburn 55% +5% -
Campaspe 0% % -
Loddon 0% % -
Bullarook Creek 11% % -

Further Information

Goulburn-Murray Water (G MW), the resource manager for northern Victorian water systems, today announced increased allocations for the Murray and Goulburn systems. Allocations in all other systems remain unchanged.

The seasonal allocation in the Murray system is 63% of high-reliability water shares (HRWS), which is an increase of 3% HRWS. The seasonal allocation in the Goulburn system is 55% HRWS, which is an increase of 5% HRWS.

The Bullarook system allocation is unchanged at 11% HRWS. The Broken, Campaspe and Loddon seasonal allocations remain at zero.

"The rainfall event on the 1st and 2nd of January has driven the allocation movements announced today," said Graeme Hannan, G-MW's Resource Manager. "The increased allocation in the Murray system was mostly generated by flows from the Ovens River caused by heavy rainfall. The same event produced good inflows in the Goulburn catchment upstream of Goulburn Weir."

"The Murray system allocation does not include any water from the current flow event moving down the Darling River. This event is not expected to provide any benefit to Victorian Murray allocations this season," said Mr Hannan.

The improvement in the Goulburn allocation means that the 100% allocation rule comes into effect for a small number of entitlement holders who carried over close to the maximum volume against their high reliability water shares. The 100% allocation rule means that water carried over against a water share, plus allocations in the current season, cannot exceed 100% of the water share volume.

The next allocation announcement will be issued on Monday 1 February 2010.