Storages resilient: G-MW

By Country News

The regulated rivers, catchments and storages managed by Goulburn-Murray Water are showing resilience to the dry conditions gripping other parts of Australia, according to the authority.

Like many of the prime production regions of eastern Australia, northern Victoria is facing a dry outlook for the remainder of spring and early summer.

The dry conditions have seen a high and steady demand for water since the gravity irrigation season opened on August 15.

G-MW interim managing director Bill Jaboor said the water reserves established in the past few seasons had contributed to water security for entitlement holders.

‘‘Our customers are increasingly taking advantage of seasonal carryover and other water management options,’’ Mr Jaboor said.

‘‘Irrigators realise the benefits of early season watering to set up their annual production, and this combination of water reserves, carryover and access to the water market has enabled this.’’

Mr Jaboor said it was important to remember the seasonal outlook favoured drier-than-normal conditions and interstate drought declarations north of the Murray River were impacting the price of water.

‘‘Victoria has experienced the second-driest September since records began and the climate outlook suggests the dry conditions will continue,’’ he said.

‘‘Goulburn-Murray Water is working with new investors who recognise the advantages offered in operating in the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District and are keen to expand their agricultural activities.’’