A temporary change, which is known as a temporary qualification of water rights, as well as a review into the future management of the water supply in the Broken River system, has been announced.

The temporary qualification of rights will provide immediate relief to high-reliability water shareholders – by providing access to water for critical stock and domestic needs.  This is not expected to impact on other irrigators or the environment.

This will take effect from 1 January 2020 and will remain in place until 30 June 2020 unless the seasonal determination against high-reliability water shares reaches 50 per cent.

The review into the management of the Broken system will consider the impact of ongoing dry conditions and low inflows over several years and identify the system management changes required to deal with the changing climate.

The review will take place between early-2020 and mid-2021 and include consultation with community, key stakeholders and water users.

This process will identify the community’s preferred options - that do not adversely impact on obligations to supply water to the downstream Goulburn and Murray systems or on the environment.

A copy of the temporary qualification is available under Goulburn-Murray Water’s Broken system bulk entitlement on the Victorian Water Register and further information about what it means for Broken system water users is available on Goulburn-Murray Water’s website.