Al­lo­ca­tion rises to 20 per cent

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS -

Gen­eral se­cu­rity wa­ter al­lo­ca­tions have in­creased to 20 per cent of en­ti­tle­ment in the NSW Mur­ray Val­ley.

The seven per cent in­crease was de­liv­ered on Fri­day, with the De­part­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries cit­ing ‘‘sig­nif­i­cant rain­fall in the last two weeks’’ as the main cat­a­lyst for the de­ci­sion.

South­ern Rive­rina Ir­ri­ga­tors chair­man Graeme Pyle de­scribed the al­lo­ca­tion in­crease as ‘‘most wel­come’’.

‘‘A lot of grow­ers are strug­gling to un­der­stand how the Hume Dam can be at 90 per cent but al­lo­ca­tion stays at 20 per cent,’’ he said.

‘‘The in­crease is wel­come but given the Hume Dam is nearly full and the mas­sive amount of snow we have, all it will take is medium rain­fall for it to spill.’’

Mr Pyle said he has con­tacted the DPI in re­gards to holding a meet­ing in De­niliquin to help grow­ers un­der­stand al­lo­ca­tion cri­te­ria and how the process works.

The next al­lo­ca­tion up­date for the NSW Mur­ray Val­ley will be on Fri­day, Septem­ber 15.

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