Rule changes offer flexibility
Changes to the allocation trade and carryover rules on the Broken system will give irrigators more flexibility in managing water for their farm businesses.
Water Minister Peter Walsh has approved changes to allow limited allocation trade out of the Broken system this coming season.
State Member for Benalla Bill Sykes said Broken system carryover rules were also changing so that water could be carried over only against high-reliability water shares, and not lowreliability water shares.
The change affects unused allocation carried over from the end of this 2013-14 season into 2014-15.
‘‘These changes will improve water availability for Broken system irrigators early in the season and will open up more trade opportunities,’’ Dr Sykes said.
‘‘The Goulburn-Broken Regional Water Services Committee has been the driving force behind this and it’s a great example of the positive impact of Goulburn-Murray Water’s Water Services Committees.’’
The change comes after the announcement of the Shepparton East pipeline, which will result in the retirement of 830 Ml of water.
Local irrigator Maureen Cottam said it would assist with allocation difficulties that occured after the decommissioning of Lake Mokoan.
‘‘I understand that the minister has instructed DEPI to look at what’s required to prepare for access to unregulated flows early in the season to alleviate allocation problems created post decommissioning,’’ Ms Cottam said.
From the start of the 2014-15 season on July 1, allocation trade from the Broken system will be available to the lower Goulburn and downstream within certain volume and date limits.
The limits will make sure that allocation can be delivered effectively to downstream users without impacting on the lower Broken’s environmental values.
From the end of the 2013-14 season onwards, irrigators on the Broken can carry over a maximum volume equal to 50 per cent of their high-reliability water shares.
They can no longer carry over water against their low-reliability water shares, which are not supported by space in Lake Nillahcootie.
For more information phone G-MW on 1800 013 357 or visit www.waterregister.vic.gov.au