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Victorian water allocations up

By Geoff Adams

There has been a slight improvement in allocations in northern Victoria.

The Victorian Resource manager has announced the Murray system has moved from 94 per cent of high-reliability water shares (HRWS) to 100 per cent.

The Goulburn system and the Loddon system increased from 88 per cent to 93 per cent.

The seasonal determination in the Broken system increases from 24 per cent to 30 per cent HRWS.

The Campaspe system remained at 100 per cent and the Bullarook system remains at 100 per cent  and 100 per cent of low‑reliability water shares (LRWS).

Resource Manager Mark Bailey said recent rain helped to improve water availability.

“Most of northern Victoria received some rainfall during the first half of December,” Dr Bailey said.

“The rainfall across the northeast catchments increased the flows into the storages and in the downstream rivers.

“The flows were higher than our conservative estimates, and together with lower evaporation from the storages, provided additional resource to allocate.”