Water

Irrigation allocations increase

By Geoff Adams

Allocations in the Goulburn-Murray Water irrigation system have taken a substantial move upwards.

Northern Victoria resource manager Andrew Shields said the Murray system had increased from 16 per cent of high-reliability water shares to 26 per cent.

The Goulburn and Loddon systems moved from 25 per cent HRWS to 32 per cent, while the Campaspe system increased from 37 per cent HRWS to 48 per cent.

Seasonal determinations in the Broken system remain on zero.

The Bullarook system remains on 100 per cent HRWS and 100 per cent low-reliability water shares.

Mr Shields said recent rainfall in the catchment areas had increased the flows into major storages and improved the volume of water available.

“The latest Bureau of Meteorology seasonal outlook indicates below-average rainfall across all of northern Victoria is more likely during the August to October period,” he said.

The next 2019-20 seasonal determination announcement will be released on September 2.

For full details of the latest seasonal determinations, visit: nvrm.net.au