No Mur­ray al­lo­ca­tion

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - RURAL OUTLOOK -

The NSW Mur­ray Val­ley has started the new ir­ri­ga­tion sea­son with no gen­eral se­cu­rity wa­ter al­lo­ca­tion.

It is one of two re­gional ir­ri­ga­tion val­leys to start with a zero per cent al­lo­ca­tion, the other be­ing the wa­ter trad­ing re­gion of Lower Dar­ling.

The Mur­rumbidgee re­gion has started the new year with a three per cent gen­eral se­cu­rity wa­ter al­lo­ca­tion.

The De­part­ment of In­dus­try an­nounced open­ing 2018/19 wa­ter al­lo­ca­tions for li­censed wa­ter users on Sun­day.

It spec­i­fied that lo­cal wa­ter util­ity, stock and do­mes­tic and all high se­cu­rity sub­cat­e­gories (Class A) li­cence hold­ers in the NSW Mur­ray will start the year on full al­lo­ca­tion.

High se­cu­rity li­cence hold­ers re­ceived an al­lo­ca­tion of 97 per­cent of en­ti­tle­ment.

While there was no gen­eral se­cu­rity al­lo­ca­tion for Mur­ray, the de­part­ment said gen­eral se­cu­rity li­cence hold­ers will have full ac­cess to wa­ter car­ried over from 2017/18 — which is about 30 per­cent (on av­er­age).

Li­cence hold­ers in the NSW Mur­ray un­reg­u­lated and al­lu­vial wa­ter sources re­ceive an al­lo­ca­tion of 100 per cent or one me­gal­itre per unit share of en­ti­tle­ment.

In ac­cor­dance with the NSW Mur­ray and Lower Dar­ling Wa­ter Shar­ing Plan, the Barmah-Millewa For­est En­vi­ron­men­tal Wa­ter Al­lowance has been bor­rowed in full to as­sist con­sump­tive wa­ter users.

It will be re­paid once gen­eral se­cu­rity al­lo­ca­tions reach 30 per­cent of en­ti­tle­ment.

Trad­ing wa­ter from above to be­low the Barmah Choke will con­tinue to be re­stricted in 2018/19 but in­ter and in­tra val­ley trade in the reg­u­lated NSW Mur­ray has re­sumed.

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