Category Archives: Blog

These articles are general blog posts.

Last Chance to Trade Water (Plus Water News)

SA temporary water trading orders need to be sent to us by 8 June at the latest. This is to ensure we have time to submit the trade applications with DEWNR. For Victorian trades, we have slightly longer, trading orders can be sent to us up until 22 June. The earlier trading orders are sent,… Read More »

Updated Victorian Allocation Forecasts for 2018/19

This morning the Northern Victoria Resource Manager updated the allocation forecasts for next year. In short, this is what the forecast expects allocations to be on these dates next year for high reliability entitlements: Valley 2 July 15 October Murray 40 % 100 % Goulburn 20 % 100 % Loddon 20 % 100 % Campaspe… Read More »

Water Market Movers for May

SA Murray Will Start on 100 % On 16 April, DEWNR announced that SA Murray entitlements will be on 100 % allocation on 1 July. However, there will be no carryover. So SA Murray irrigators should use or trade their remaining temp, otherwise it will be lost. Source: NSW Forecast for Next Year NSW… Read More »

Upcoming Public Water Meetings (Plus News)

Water Meetings SA Royal Commission The South Australian government is still pushing ahead with its Royal Commission. All we know so far are the terms of reference for the inquiry. They plan on having community consultation meetings in most parts of the basin. The next meeting is on Wednesday 11 April at the Albury Entertainment… Read More »

Water News March 2018

Tagged Accounts Under Spotlight The Victorian Water Register has noticed a large increase in water moving through tagged accounts, presumably from lower priced trading zones to higher priced trading zones. Tagged accounts make it easy to move water when it’s otherwise closed for some others. If the tag was established prior to 22 October 2010,… Read More »

Victorian Water Allocation Forecast 2018/19

This morning, the Northern Victoria Resource Manager released the first forecast for 2018/19 water allocations. The forecast is given as a set of scenarios which depend on how much rainfall we experience in the future. Under the “average” scenario, all high reliability water will receive 100 % allocation by mid October. One thing to be… Read More »

Water News February 2018

Coming Soon Victoria’s forecast for 2018/19 water allocations will come out on 15 February. In April, the MDBA will release a report on the social and economic impacts of the Basin Plan. Pumps Hybrid solar-diesel pumps are coming onto the market, in particular bore pumps. One farmer claims to save $35/ML in pumping costs. Link… Read More »

Water News December 2017

SA Royal Commission The South Australian government has announced it will start its own Royal Commission into water theft allegations. Back in July, ABC’s Four Corners ran a story on a handful of cotton growers breaking the law. The SA government has leapt to it being a systemic problem. What we know about the proposed… Read More »

Vic Murray Spillable Accounts Usable

01/12/17 update: I’ve been informed that my interpretation of the spill tool is incorrect. Earlier today, the low risk of spill was announced for the Victorian Murray system. The risk of spill for Lake Hume is now 3 %. Water entitlement owners in zones 6 and 7 who had water in spillable accounts can now… Read More »

Water News November 2017

NSW Murray Allocations This season NSW Murray allocations have been slow to pick up. This is because previous allocations were borrowed against the Barmah-Millewa Allowance. Now it has been repaid, so new inflows should go into allocations. Murrumbidgee Allocations In the Murrumbidgee there is an agreement to top up other water accounts once General Security… Read More »