Increases to Murray, Broken, Goulburn and Loddon Seasonal Allocations

Announcement Date: 15 Sep 2011
Next Announcement Due: 3 Oct 2011

Determination Data

Seasonal determinations for northern Victoria regulated river systems.

  High Reliability Water Share Change to High Reliability Water Share Low Reliability Water Share Comments
Murray 69% 8% 0% Declared 1 July 2011
Broken 39% 3% 0% -
Goulburn 95% 8% 0% Not declared
Campaspe 100% 0% 91% Not declared
Loddon 95% 8% 0% -
Bullarook Creek 100% 0% 100% -

Further Information

The Resource Manager for northern Victorian regulated water systems today updated the seasonal allocations for 2011/12.

The seasonal allocation in the Murray system is now 69% of high-reliability water shares (HRWS), which is an increase of 8% HRWS. The seasonal allocation in the Goulburn and Loddon systems increased by 8% HRWS to be 95% HRWS and the Broken system seasonal allocation increased by 3% HRWS to be 39% HRWS.

The Campaspe system seasonal allocation is unchanged at 100% HRWS and 91% of low-reliability water shares (LRWS). The Bullarook system seasonal allocation remains unchanged at 100% HRWS and 100% LRWS.

Resource Manager Dr Mark Bailey said “The allocation increases announced today are a function of the changing catchment conditions across northern Victoria. Tributary inflows are meeting much of the irrigation demand that has emerged with recent dry and warmer weather. The reduction of previously allocated commitments by tributary flows means that the resources available to allocate to water share holders have increased.”

“With very little rain over the last fortnight, the inflows to the major storages are receding as the demand for irrigation increases. Since late August, there has been no releases from Lake Eildon under the target filling arrangements and there has been no water released above minimum operating requirements from Lake Eppalock,” said Dr Bailey.

Even continuing dry conditions would see allocations in the Murray and Broken systems reach 100% HRWS by mid-December. Allocations in the Goulburn and Loddon systems are expected to reach 100% HRWS by the end of October.

Allocations against low-reliability water shares in the Murray, Goulburn and Loddon systems will depend on prevailing weather conditions. An allocation of low-reliability water shares in the Broken system is expected, with the timing dependent on seasonal conditions.

The Campaspe system is likely to have a 100% allocation of low-reliability water shares this season.

Customers participating in the water trading market are reminded that the Murray-Darling Basin Authority has relaxed the rule controlling allocation trade from upstream of the Barmah Choke to downstream users. The ability to trade across the Barmah Choke will be regularly reviewed by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority and the relaxation may be lifted at any time during the season.