Water Market Guide for December

By | 03/12/2018


  • Storages in the Murray–Darling Basin have now dropped below 50 % full in aggregate.
  • New parliamentary report finds that groundwater reserves are underestimated and the current regulations do not account for the full impacts of mining.
  • Murray Hardyhead populations increase in part thanks to Commonwealth Environmental Water. Link

Victoria Specific

  • Lower Murray Water announces Rural Water Awards winners. Link
  • Macalister district irrigators are unlikely to have a spill, for the first time in 12 years. Link
  • DELWP Delivery Share Review released last Monday makes six recommendations for reform. Link
  • G-MW, LMW and other Victorian water corporations will be given planning powers over solar farms. Link
  • Goulburn-Murray Water refutes claims $850k misused by Nationals candidate Peter Schwarz. Link
  • The Victorian Greens plan to make the Yarra River swimable.
  • Snowy River Day held discussions on the future and possible plans for restoring the Snowy River.
  • The Goulburn Valley has lost 97 % of its native trees and community groups pledge to retain what is left. Link

South Australia Specific

  • Banrock Station in the Riverland signs up for a further five years of Commonwealth environmental watering on their property. Link
  • The Renmark Irrigation Trust outlines its achievements as it prepares for its 125th birthday. Link
  • Murray-Darling Basin Water Infrastructure Program may help Coorong farmers purchase desalination plants. Link

New South Wales Specific

  • Wakool described as a “town in crisis.” Link
  • NSW Murray groundwater irrigators are calling for restoration of entitlements that were subject to compulsory acquisition in 2008. Link
  • Blue-green algae alert for Lower Darling River. Link
  • Former Water Conservation and Irrigation Commission has been sold to Leeton Shire Council for $1. Link
  • Nimmie-Caira wetlands project in Southern NSW is coming along with a 32 GL environmental water release. Link
  • Review into water release shows that it made its way to the destination due to water extraction restrictions. Link


  • WA growers unite to challenge water licence fee hikes. Link
  • Every irrigator in the NT now needs a water meter. Link
  • Water will flow next year in the newly constructed North Esk Irrigation Scheme in Tasmania. Link
  • $180 million of Federal government money to go towards the Hughenden Irrigation Scheme in Queensland. Link
  • NT Government is undertaking consultation on the regulatory framework for water resources. Link
  • Funding secured for Hell’s Gate Dam in Queensland. Link
  • Queensland Farmers’ Federation says dam safety upgrade costs should not be solely born by irrigators, as they will be under new irrigation pricing. Link
  • Lockyer Valley irrigators are asked to provide feedback on the Moreton Water Plan. Link
  • NT is making changes to its Water Act to ensure mining is not exempt from water regulations.
  • ASX listed start-up has been granted a patent for Root Zone Temperature Optimisation. Link
  • The Queensland Competition Authority will review irrigation pricing for for years 2020-24. Link
  • SunWater scraps their audits of water trading code of conduct.
  • October in Canberra saw one quarter of the average rainfall for that time of year. Link


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