Water allocations up a little in state’s north

By Country News

Northern Victoria irrigators will get marginal improvements in water allocations with the latest review.

The northern Victoria resource manager has lifted the Murray system from 82 per cent of high-reliability water shares to 84 per cent.

The Goulburn system and the Loddon system increase from 74 per cent to 77 per cent.

The Campaspe system remains at 100 per cent HRWS.

The seasonal determination in the Broken system increases from 11 per cent to 14 per cent.

The Bullarook system increases from 100 per cent HRWS and 51 per cent of low-reliability water shares to 100 per cent HRWS and 100 per cent LRWS.

Resource manager Mark Bailey said the change in water availability was influenced by recent weather conditions.

‘‘Victoria has just experienced the second driest September since records began,’’ Dr Bailey said.

The well below average rainfall was reflected in the flows into the major storages.

‘‘The flows were only slightly higher than our conservative estimates,’’ Dr Bailey said.

‘‘Catchment areas were responding to rain in August, but dried significantly during September and the start of October.’’

For NSW Murray region irrigators, high-security allocations remain at 97 per cent, with no general security allocations.

Dry conditions have continued, with September rainfall being well below average in the region.

Murray system inflow for the month was in the lowest nine per cent on record.