Water

Liberal Nationals back Victoria’s strong allocation system

16 April 2020


A push by irrigators in southern NSW to increase water allocations would rob Victorian farmers of water and should be flatly rejected.

Victoria has a strong, conservative system of water allocation that ensures we are putting away water for future years to provide Victorian irrigators high allocations, more often. This has allowed our system to deliver 100 per cent Murray high reliability allocations in 10 of the past 11 years.

The NSW allocation system maximises yield, meaning the system delivers more water, less often, making it more suited to opportunistic crops.

The NSW system has delivered 100 per cent NSW Murray General Security allocations in five of the last 11 years.

The Basin Plan has not changed how much water is allocated. NSW irrigators need to lobby the NSW Government to change their allocation system.

Comment attributable to Shadow Minister for Water Steph Ryan

Make no mistake, irrigators in northern Victoria face significant challenges, but our strong system of allocation is not one of them.

Where more water can be delivered to farmers on both sides of the river, it should be, but it must not come at the expense of Victorian irrigators.

Note: See my media release on returning more water to production in dry years here

Background

Historical Allocation Data 2000/2001 to 2018/19

Season

VIC Murray Water Right/High Reliability Water Share

NSW Murray General Security

2001/2002

200

86

2002/2003

129

11

2003/2004

100

45

2004/2005

100

42

2005/2006

144

56

2006/2007

95

0

2007/2008

43

0

2008/2009

35

9

2009/2010

100

22

2010/2011

100

100

2011/2012

100

100

2012/2013

100

100

2013/2014

100

100

2014/2015

100

61

2015/2016

100

19

2016/2017

100

100

2017/2018

100

46

2018/2019

100

0

2019/2020

66

0

 

 

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