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Feedback sought on inter-valley water trading rules

By Rodney Woods

Proposed changes to the Goulburn to Murray water trade rules are now open for public feedback, with consultation meetings to be held in Shepparton, Echuca, Kerang and Mildura.

Delivering water from the Goulburn inter-valley trade account during summer and autumn to support water requirements of the Murray system has caused significant environmental damage to the lower Goulburn River over the past two irrigation seasons.

Victoria is exploring changes to operational rules and trade rules to ensure that water traded from the Goulburn to the Murray can be delivered without unacceptable impacts on the environment or the reliability of other entitlements.

DELWP has prepared a paper to help people understand how operational rules set by environmental thresholds interact with possible changes to trade rules and consider the potential implications of these changes for how water trade occurs in the future.

The public consultations will be held:

Shepparton: Tuesday, March 31 from 1 pm to 6 pm.

Echuca: Wednesday, April 1 from 1 pm to 6 pm.

Kerang: Thursday, April 2 from 1 pm to 6 pm.

Mildura: Tuesday, April 7 from 1 pm to 6 pm.

On top of the public meetings, people can provide feedback by answering questions or submitting a written submission at: https://engage.vic.gov.au/goulburn-murray-trade-rule-review