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Murrumbidgee Water Sharing Plan over-ruled: NSW water-trading rules changed for low flow conditions

Posted by waterweek on 19 September 2007

Minister for Climate Change, Environment and Water, Phil Koperberg, announced at the start of September that inflows to Snowy Hydro and the Murrumbidgee Valley had been sufficient to increase the allocation to Murrumbidgee High Security licences from 30 per cent to 60 per cent.

“Whilst contingency water is now no longer necessary, some contingency water will continue to be reserved for intensive livestock and forest industries until High Security water allocations improve”.

Rules changed:

• The requirement for High Security users to complete trades by the end of September 2007 is not required in 2007/2008;

• All trades entered into after that date will be honoured;

• water can be traded into the NSW Murray Valley, without restrictions and to other states, subject to their rules;

• water from the Murray and interstate can be traded into the Murrumbidgee Valley, subject to there being a net trade out of the Murrumbidgee;

• all High and General Security licences will be allowed to carryover up to 15 per cent of entitlement, as was permitted last water year; amd

• carryover for High Security will be permitted until the Water Sharing Plan is reinstated.
Department of Water and Energy: Bunty Driver t 03 58983900

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