Allocations up by five per cent

By Country News on December 03, 2015

‘’Allocations have increased by five per cent for Murray and Goulburn system irrigators in northern Victoria.

Northern Victoria resource manager Mark Bailey has announced increases for a number of systems.

The Murray system increases to 90 per cent high-reliability water shares and the Goulburn system increases to 80 per cent HRWS.

The Broken system increases by eight per cent to 17 per cent and the Campaspe system increases by three per cent to 55 per cent. The Loddon system increases by six per cent to 62 per cent.

Dr Bailey said the Bullarook system remained unchanged on four per cent.

‘‘Rainfall over the last fortnight has been very welcome,’’ Dr Bailey said.

‘‘While the rainfall did not increase inflows to the storages significantly, the current inflows are greater than the volume assumed in the previous assessment.

‘‘The other benefits of the rainfall are the short-term reduction of system operating requirements and lower evaporation from storages. Each of these factors contributed to the increases.

‘‘Inflows into the Murray, Goulburn, Broken, Loddon and Campaspe systems during October were close to the ‘Extreme Dry’ category,’’ Dr Bailey said.

By Country News on December 03, 2015

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