Allocation rises to 20 per cent
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.