The Western Region covers agricultural and urban centres including Colac, Port Campbell, Horsham, Stawell, Ararat, Hamilton, Warrnambool and Portland. River basins include the Otway coast, Corangamite, Hopkins, Glenelg, Portland, Millicent, Wimmera, Avoca and the southern half of the Mallee.

The Gippsland Region spans the area south of the Great Dividing Range in Victoria from the Latrobe River catchment and the Strzelecki Ranges, to the New South Wales border in the east. The larger urban centres within the region include Warragul, Traralgon, Wonthaggi, Sale and Bairnsdale.

The two strategies include a number of common policies and actions as well as region-specific policies and actions. Common policy themes include:

  • Recognising existing rights and confirming that permanent changes to existing entitlements cannot be made arbitrarily;
  • Improving understanding of risks to water resources, including climate variability and uses of water that are outside the entitlement framework;
  • Establishing local management plans to clearly document water sharing arrangements;
  • Ensuring the management of licensed groundwater use is better aligned with the characteristics of each groundwater system. Further information on the groundwater management program can be found in Groundwater;
  • Encouraging existing water supplies to be used as efficiently as possible through a number of actions, and allowing more water to be allocated where it is available under caps and risks to third parties and the environment are low;
  • Protecting the region's environment, including setting precautionary caps on consumptive use in unregulated rivers; and
  • Greater involvement of traditional owners.

Download the strategies

Western Region Sustainable Water Strategy (PDF, 14.4 MB)

Gippsland Region Sustainable Water Strategy (PDF, 14.7 MB)

Progress Update

Five-yearly assessment of the Western Region and Gippsland Region Sustainable Water Strategies will be completed during 2017. These assessments will be informed by annual monitoring and reporting. The five-year assessments will help identify key trends and issues to be taken up for the 10-year reviews.

GRSWS Action No

WRSWS Action No

Description

Stocktake finding

Action Status

3.1

3.14

A balanced approach to allocating new entitlements in unregulated catchment areas.

+ Caps established. For example refer to specific caps mentioned in Action 7.2.

+ Review of caps not required until 2021

+ East Gippsland LMP notes increase for Cann and Genoa Rivers and total licence volume in LMP and Water Register are the same. See East Gippsland Local Management Plan..  

+ Caps are enforced through the requirements of the Polices for Managing Take and Use Licences 2014

Complete

3.2

4.6

Strategic groundwater resource assessments

Groundwater management area annual reports report on groundwater use and availability. These replace the use of strategic groundwater assessments.

Complete

3.3

3.15

Staged release of unallocated water

+ Water sales have occurred, e.g. Wimmera Mallee Pipeline savings and West Wimmera Groundwater Management area. Southern Rural Water are planning a number of water auctions, including in the Dilwyn Aquifer as noted in the action.

+ Reporting should be updated if further progress is made.

Ongoing

 

3.5

Developing local management plans for unregulated surface water and groundwater systems

+ LMPs have been developed across southern Victoria in line with LMP Guidelines (PDF, 397.2 KB). For example see plans on Southern Rural Water and GWM Water - West Wimmera GMA.

WRSWS surface water

+ Otway Basin LMP - complete

+ Glenelg Basin LMP - complete

+ Hopkins Basin LMP - ongoing

+ Portland Basin LMP - complete

+ Lake Corangamite LMP - ongoing

+ Avoca Basin LMP - ?

+ Wimmera-Avon LMP - ongoing

+ Millicent Coast LMP - ongoing

WRSWS groundwater

+ Appear to be complete - see http://gwhub.srw.com.au/south-west-region-overview andwww.gwmwater.org.au/services/groundwater/west-wimmera-gma

+ Some plans are under review. Reporting should be updated as further progress is made.

Ongoing

3.4

 

Developing local management plans for unregulated surface water and groundwater systems

+ LMPs have been developed across southern Victoria in line withLMP Guidelines [PDF File - 397.2 KB]. For example see plans listed atwww.gwmwater.org.au/services/groundwater/west-wimmera-gma.

GRSWS surface water

+ Latrobe Basin LMP - complete

+ South Gippsland Basin LMP - complete

+ East Gippsland Basin LMP - complete

+ Tambo Basin LMP - complete

+ Mitchell Basin LMP - complete

+ Avon Basin River (included in Thomson Basin LMP) - complete

+ Snowy Basin LMP - complete

GRSWS groundwater

+ Complete - seehttp://gwhub.srw.com.au/gippsland-overview

Complete

3.5

3.6

Reviewing the process for declaring water supply protection areas (WSPAs) and developing statutory management plans

+ Review of process is complete which meets the requirements of the action. Implementation of changes was proposed in Water Bill 2014, which were not pursued by the former Government. Action 8.9 of Water for Victoria proposes work be undertaken to streamline water planning processes for groundwater and unregulated surface water.

Complete

3.6

3.1

Providing more security to section 51 take and use licence-holders (20 yr licences)

+ Water Bill 2014 proposed amendments to extend licences to 20 years, but previous Government did not proceed with the Bill.

+ Action 8.2 of Water for Victoria commits DELWP to investigating merits of converting section 51 take and use licences in unregulated surface and groundwater systems into water shares and related products.

Water for Victoria

3.7

3.7

Improving information sharing about climate variability and risks

Climate change and climate variability information is now available from VicCI website (www.bom.gov.au/research/projects/vicci/) or SEACI website (www.seaci.org/). Through VicCI, streamflow projections have been updated and provided to water corporations.

Complete

3.8

4.9

Upgrading and refining the groundwater monitoring network

+ Review complete.See here . Reported on in DEPI Annual Report 2013-14

Complete

3.9

4.10

Establishing secure ongoing funding for future maintenance and renewal of the monitoring network

Being considered through normal budgetary processes

Complete

3.10

5.3

Amend the Water Act 1989 so hot-spot areas can be declared to control water intensive land use changes in these areas (including other land use change actions)

Amendments were proposed in Water Bill 2014. The previous Government did not proceed with the Bill. Update reporting if further progress is made.

Action 8.4 in Water for Victoria commits to record and report on all emerging significant uses of water, including monitoring and reporting on impacts to other water users and the environment through the Victorian water accounts and reviewing long-term risks to Victoria's water resources through long-term water resource assessments and sustainable water strategies.

Water for Victoria

3.11

5.1

State-wide recording of water use by land use changes

+ Completed National Water Commission funded project Accounting for All Significant Water Users which produced: i) a consistent state-wide dataset for evapotranspiration based on current land use; ii) a framework for improving estimates of ET over time; iii) software to automate updates of ET based on annual rainfall (report or software not sighted)

+ Published summaries of findings in state-wide estimates of ET in the 2010-11 water accounts and subsequent accounts. Water accounts are available at:http://waterregister.vic.gov.au/water-availability-and-use/victorian-water-accounts

Complete

 

5.2

Reviewing models and recommending methods for improving estimates of whole-of-catchment water use

+ Completed National Water Commission funded project Accounting for All Significant Water Users which included a review of methods for estimating evapotranspiration in the Victorian context. Findings from the review were used as part of the framework for improving estimates of ET (see report for Action 5.1). Subsequent work is being undertaken to improve models and estimation methods.

Complete

 

5.4

Guidelines for rapidly assessing new forestry development proposals

Amendments were proposed in Water Bill 2014. Previous Government did not proceed with the Bill. Update reporting if further progress is made (links to GRSWS Action 3.10 and WRSWS Action 5.3)

Action 8.4 in Water for Victoria commits to record and report on all emerging significant uses of water, including monitoring and reporting on impacts to other water users and the environment through the Victorian water accounts and reviewing long-term risks to Victoria's water resources through long-term water resource assessments and sustainable water strategies.

Water for Victoria

 

5.5

Considering cumulative impacts of land use in decisions about water use

+ DELWP (2015) Resource Share Guidance - Planning the take of Victoria's groundwater resources requires consideration of changes in land use on groundwater availability (available athttp://waterregister.vic.gov.au/water-entitlements/about-entitlements/take-and-use-licences)

+ DELWP are also developing approaches to better track the impacts of land use change on water resources as part of the preparation of Basin Plan Water Resource Plans

+ Action 8.4 in Water for Victoria commits to record and report on all emerging significant uses of water, including monitoring and reporting on impacts to other water users and the environment through the Victorian water accounts and reviewing long-term risks to Victoria's water resources through long-term water resource assessments and sustainable water strategies.  Reporting should be completed once the use of the above and other tools is applied during the completion of the long-term water resource assessment in 2019

Water for Victoria

 

5.6

Appointing regional committees to assess intensive management areas

Amendments were proposed in Water Bill 2014. The previous Government did not proceed with the Bill. Committees not required as legislation not passed. Update reporting if further progress made (links to GRSWS Action 3.10 and WRSWS Action 5.3)

Action 8.4 in Water for Victoria commits to record and report on all emerging significant uses of water, including monitoring and reporting on impacts to other water users and the environment through the Victorian water accounts and reviewing long-term risks to Victoria's water resources through long-term water resource assessments and sustainable water strategies.

Water for Victoria

 

5.7

Reviewing implications of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan for managing the water impacts of land use change

This is now a requirement of Basin Plan Water Resource Plans.

Basin Plan

3.12

3.2

Improving information about domestic and stock dams

Amendments were proposed in Water Bill 2014. Previous Government did not proceed with the Bill. Reporting should be updated if further progress is made

Action 8.4 in Water for Victoria commits to record and report on all emerging significant uses of water, including investigating the introduction of a reasonable use limit for domestic and stock rights under section 8 of the Water Act 1989 to improve monitoring and reporting on use of these rights and impacts to other water users and the environment through the Victorian water accounts.

Water for Victoria

3.13

3.3

Requiring property owners to register new domestic and stock bores

Amendments were proposed in Water Bill 2014. Previous Government did not proceed with the Bill. Reporting should be updated if further progress is made

Action 8.4 in Water for Victoria commits to record and report on all emerging significant uses of water.

Water for Victoria

3.14

3.4

Monitoring and tracking water use outside the entitlement framework

Estimates of water use by small catchment dams are included in Victorian water accounts. New D&S dams in peri-urban areas must be registered. New D&S bores require a construction licence and use volumes reported in water accounts. Action 8.4 in Water for Victoria commits to record and report on all emerging significant uses of water.

Complete

3.15

4.1

Revising groundwater management units (GMUs)

Revised framework can be viewed here . Reported on in DEPI Annual Report 2013-14

Complete

 

4.2

Managing short-term variability in groundwater systems

Groundwater levels reported in monthly water reports in selected aquifers. LMP Guidelines have requirements for including restrictions and bans for managing short-term water level fluctuations in some systems. These have been included in LMPs (seewww.srw.com.au/water-systems/other-water-sources/groundwater/)

Complete

 

4.3

Undeclaring water supply protection areas

WSPAs have been reviewed and undeclared where appropriate. For example see West Wimmera Groundwater Management Strategy. Appendix B of Victorian Water Accounts 2013-14 lists remaining WSPAs and GMAs

Complete

 

4.4

Facilitating groundwater trading

The four components of the action have been largely addressed. Trading rules will be subject to ongoing refinement. LMP Guidelines require any specific system based rules that are applied to the issue, renewal or transfer of licences to be recorded, e.g. trade arrangements.

Complete

 

4.5

Developing groundwater trade between South Australia and Victoria

The Groundwaters Agreement is currently being reviewed and may consider arrangements for interstate trade. Reporting should be updated if further progress is made.

Ongoing

 

4.7

Groundwater/ surface water interactions

+ Development of Groundwater Catchment Statements included the evaluation of sw/gw interaction and how it influences resource share decisions will be initially completed at a Pilot scale (March, 2013) and incorporated into a prioritisation of catchments. SRW have completed development ofGroundwater Catchments Statements .

+ Surface/groundwater interactions now being considered in local management plans. LMP Guidelines recognise the need to manage significant groundwater surface water interactions

Complete

 

4.8

Auctioning water where groundwater systems have additional capacity

Processes are in place to facilitate groundwater auctions (seewww.gwmwater.org.au/services/groundwater/sale-of-unallocated-groundwater-wwgma)

Complete

3.16

 

Considering adverse impacts of existing oil and gas extractions

Implementation of action is ongoing. Reporting should be updated if further progress is made

Ongoing

3.17

 

Consistent groundwater licensing requirements for new quarries and mines

Licencing requirements are explained atwww.energyandresources.vic.gov.au/earth-resources-regulation/licensing-and-approvals/minerals/guidelines-and-codes-of-practice/water-act-guidelines-for-quarries-and-mines

Complete

3.18

 

Understanding and monitoring the risk of subsidence (via a pilot study)

Study is complete and methodology adopted for periodic monitoring (seewww.depi.vic.gov.au/water/groundwater/groundwater-news-and-information/trial-of-satellite-technology-to-monitor-subsidence-along-the-gippsland-coast)

Complete

3.19

4.12

Emerging technologies (eg geothermal, CSG)

A proposal for regulation of development projects was agreed between DELWP and DEDJTR. However, regulation for the production phase is not complete. Reporting should be updated if further progress is made.

Ongoing

3.20

3.23

Considering water impacts when undertaking planned burning and other bushfire control measures

Strategic bushfire management plans (seeEast Central Strategic Bushfire Management Plan 2014 [PDF File - 1.9 MB]) and Fire operations plans (see for example2013 Grampians plan [PDF File - 1.6 MB]). Both mention the need to consider water resources

Complete

4.1

3.8

Promoting water conservation and efficiency (via water-efficient practices in homes and businesses)

a) Complete - Government and water corporations have made significant effects in this area. See summary on page 72 of Aither (2015) 10-year evaluation of the Environmental Contribution. Specific programs are subject to change in government priority, e.g. previous government dismantled measures such as WaterMap and Target 155. Water for Victoria 2016 proposing to increase priority for water conservation

b) Complete - Irrigation development guidelines are applied across Victoria (seeGuide for AUL Variation Applicants orManaging impacts of irrigation). The Victoria Government continues to support the Whole Farm Planning Program in the Macalister Irrigation District (see Sustainable Irrigation Program annual reporting of investment through the Victorian Investment Framework, page 67 of Aither (2015) 10-year evaluation of the Environmental Contribution or Johnson and Wood (2014) Adapting the whole farm planning approach across the GMID and MID - Stage 1)

c) See Action 4.2 GRSWS and 3.12 WRSWS

Complete

4.2

3.12

Improving opportunities for water trading in groundwater and unregulated river systems

+ Trading rules are in place for take and use licences (see Ministerial Policies for Managing Take and Use Licences). + There are also trading requirements specifically for groundwater in Guidelines for Groundwater Licensing and the Protection of High Value Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems. Both documents are available athttp://waterregister.vic.gov.au/water-entitlements/about-entitlements/take-and-use-licences#Min-Policies)

+ Water corporations also have local trading rules (see for examplewww.gwmwater.org.au/services/groundwater/groundwater-trading-rules)

a) Complete - Information provision improved, e.g. water entitlement, trade and pricing posted on Victorian Water Register. This includes information on trade in groundwater and unregulated surface water systems (seehttp://waterregister.vic.gov.au/water-trading/take-and-use-licence-trading).

b) Ongoing – Reporting should be updated if further progress is made

c) Ongoing – Reporting should be updated if further progress is made

d) Complete - Policies for Managing Take and Use Licences facilitate limited term transfers (seehttp://waterregister.vic.gov.au/water-entitlements/about-entitlements/take-and-use-licences#Min-Policies)

Action 9.7 in Water for Victoria commits to improving trading opportunities and policies for the state's unregulated surface water and groundwater systems.

Water for Victoria

4.3

3.10

Harvesting high (summer) flows

Water for Victoria Action 8.3 commits to investigating increased flexibility for taking water under winter-fill licences, including providing controlled access to high flows outside of the traditional winter‑fill period.

Water for Victoria

4.4

3.9

Streamlining the approval of section 67 licences to construct storages

Policies for Managing Works Licences 2015 address requirements of the action (refer tohttp://waterregister.vic.gov.au/water-entitlements/about-entitlements/works-licences).

Complete

4.5

3.13

Encouraging fit-for-purpose use of alternative water supplies

a) Complete - Consideration of these are a requirement in WSDS Guidelines (www.depi.vic.gov.au/water/governing-water-resources/water-corporations/water-supply-demand-strategy) and are addressed in water corporation WSDSs

b) Action ongoing in nature –  Action 5.5 in Water for Victoria commits to improving stormwater management through updates to Victorian Planning Provisions, development of place-based targets and the best mix of legislative, regulatory and financial and market incentives.-

c) Complete -  Amended polices regarding local desalination systems are available athttp://waterregister.vic.gov.au/water-entitlements/about-entitlements/approvals-for-underground-disposal Title is Amendment (Groundwater Desalination) of Policies for Managing Section 76 Approvals.

Water for Victoria

4.6

3.11

Extending the reticulated supply network

Extensions to the reticulated systems have continued to occur, usually considered in response to severe water shortages. The tariffs are subject to ESC processes. Projects' specific business cases include evidence of what is being considered in decisions.

Complete

4.7

3.19

Promoting sustainable water management on dryland farms

Agriculture Victoria (now a division within the Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources) provides a range of advice and materials to dryland farmers on sustainable water management. For example seehttp://agriculture.vic.gov.au/agriculture/farm-management/drought-preparedness/managing-resources-in-drought

Complete

4.8

3.16

Updating water supply-demand strategies

WSDS Guidelines issued in August 2011 (seeWater Supply Demand Strategy Guidelines) and WSDS updated in 2012 (see water corporation websites)

Complete

4.9

3.17

Review of the Victorian Uniform Drought Water Restriction Guidelines and permanent water saving rules

Review completed. Model bylaw issued and adopted by water corporations in 2012 (see for examplehttps://www.wannonwater.com.au/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=23&Itemid=540).

Complete

4.10

3.18

Facilitating integrated water planning

WSDS Guidelines issued in August 2011 contained requirements for water corporations to work with local government. The provision of water services is included in Regional Growth Plans and water corporations are involved in development of the plans (seeGippsland Regional Growth Plan May 2014)

Complete

4.11

 

Identifying water dependent sites of cultural importance

Indigenous priorities are included in Regional Waterway Strategies (seewww.wgcma.vic.gov.au/our-region/waterways/waterway-strategy)

Complete

4.12

3.24

Indigenous Involvement in water management

+ Graduate Certificate for River Health, Melbourne University - four scholarships were offered and taken up by Aboriginal Victorians in 2011-12 (see DSE Annual Report 2012)

+ Graduate Diploma of Natural and Cultural Resource Management, Deakin – Nine scholarships have been offered and taken up by Aboriginal Victorians. The scholarship program is currently being reviewed

+ Annual cadet position at DELWP, CMAs or water corporations – established and ongoing

+ CMA and water corporation traineeships – DELWP, in partnership with CMAs, has run six month internships for Aboriginal Victorians

+ Water for Victoria proposes a renewed focus on Aboriginal values of water  - further reporting should be undertaken through the Water for Victoria process.

Water for Victoria

4.13

 

Better coordination of regional Indigenous reference groups in Gippsland

+ Better coordination of Traditional Owner groups – a survey of requirements for better coordination was completed. The survey identified a need for a statewide group to represent Traditional Owner views in the water sector. Work is underway to implement the recommendation.

+ Water for Victoria proposes a renewed focus on Aboriginal values of water  - further reporting should be undertaken through the Water for Victoria process.

+

Water for Victoria

4.14

3.20

Using consumptive water en route

VEWH Seasonal Watering Plans document actions to take advantage of consumptive water en route (Seasonal Watering Plans are available fromwww.vewh.vic.gov.au).

Complete

4.15

3.21

Managing riparian land

Victorian government continues to invest in management of riparian areas. Between 2005-06 and 2013-14, it was estimated that EC funding contributed to approximately: 1,400 km of riparian fencing; 1,400 ha of revegetation; and 376 conservation agreements covering an area of 1,300 ha (see Aither (2015) 10-year evaluation of the Environmental Contribution)

Complete

4.16

3.22

Changing environmental management objectives

+ The process for considering changes to environmental objectives has been incorporated in to the Victorian Waterway Management Strategy 2013 (see section 4.2.7 of the strategy which is available atwww.depi.vic.gov.au/water/rivers-estuaries-and-wetlands/strategy-and-planning).

+ The need to change environmental management objectives may be considered as part of the 15-year review of water resources (refer to Part 3 Division 1C of the Water Act 1989). It will be informed by Regional Waterway Strategies developed by CMAs

+ Reporting should be updated if further progress is made

Ongoing

4.17

4.11

Develop Ministerial guidelines for groundwater dependant ecosystems

Guidelines have been completed (seehttps://waterregister.vic.gov.au/water-entitlements/about-entitlements/take-and-use-licences#Min-Policies)

Complete

5.1

 

Local management plans for the main river systems in South Gippsland

LMPSs are complete

Complete

5.2

 

Revised cap on the amount of unallocated surface water available for winterfill (July to October) diversions in South Gippsland's catchments

Winter fill SDLs have been amended to account for reduced volumes of additional available water. Rural water corporations are managing to revised SDLs. The final step in the process will be completion of a revised PCV Order (current order is Permissible Consumptive Volume Surface Water Order 2010 which is available from the Victorian Water Register website).

+ Reporting should be marked as complete when the revised PCV Order is completed

Ongoing

5.3

 

Water-supply demand strategy- South Gippsland Water

WSDS complete (seewww.sgwater.com.au/about-us/water-supply-demand-strategy/)

Complete

5.4

 

Protecting and improving the condition of South Gippsland inlets and estuaries through a continued focus on catchment management

The West Gippsland Regional waterway strategy focuses on catchment works to protect these inlets and estuaries (seewww.wgcma.vic.gov.au/our-region/waterways/waterway-strategy)

Complete

6.1

 

Local management plans for unregulated river systems (Catchments of Gippsland Lakes)

LMPs have been developed across southern Victoria in line withLMP Guidelines [PDF File - 397.2 KB]. For example see plans listed atwww.gwmwater.org.au/services/groundwater/west-wimmera-gma.

Complete

6.2

 

Revised cap on the amount of unallocated surface water available for winter-fill (July to October) diversions in the Mitchell and Tambo catchments

Winter fill SDLs have been amended to account for reduced volumes of additional available water. Rural water corporations are managing to revised SDLs. The final step in the process will be completion of a revised PCV Order (current order is Permissible Consumptive Volume Surface Water Order 2010 which is available from the Victorian Water Register website).

+ Reporting should be marked as complete when the revised PCV Order is completed

Ongoing

6.3

 

Establishing a drought reserve in Blue Rock Reservoir

Drought reserve has been established. Refer to Bulk Entitlement (Latrobe Reserve) Order 2013 available from Victorian Water Register

Complete

6.4

 

Improved recreational opportunities on Lake Narracan

The obligation to improve recreational opportunities are incorporated in section 3.2 of the Latrobe System Storage Management Rules.

Complete

6.5

 

Establishing operating arrangements to improve recreation opportunities on Lake Narracan

The obligation to improve recreational opportunities are incorporated in section 3.2 of the Latrobe System Storage Management Rules.

Complete

6.6

 

Water Supply Demand Strategy- Gippsland Water

Complete. SeeWSD.

Complete

6.7

 

Additional access to water in Blue Rock Reservoir for urban use

Complete. Bulk Entitlement has been amended to raise Gippsland Water's share of Blue Rock by 3.87% to 16,27%. See Bulk Entitlement or Bulk Entitlement (CGRWA- Blue Rock) Minor Amendment Notice 2014, available from the Victorian Water Register

Complete

6.8

 

Open-cut coal mine closure and restoration strategies

In response to Recommendation 13 from Teague and Catford (2016) Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry Report 2015/16 Volume IV - Mine Restoration, Action 185 of the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry: Victorian Government Implementation Plan requires DEDJTR complete Action 6.8 of the GR SWS by 31 December 2016. DEDJTR has started work on this Action with completion due within timeframe.

Ongoing

6.9

 

Water Supply Demand Strategy- East Gippsland Water

WSDS (called the Urban Water Strategy) complete. Seewww.egwater.vic.gov.au/customer-info/your-water/urban-water-strategy. Planned implementation of actions is set out inEast Gippsland Water's Water Plan 2013-18 .

Complete

6.10

 

Opportunity for additional access to water in Blue Rock Reservoir for irrigators

The commitment to sell 1% (approximately 800 ML) share of Blue Rock Reservoir to irrigators is yet to be pursued due to higher priorities and lack of demand. Reporting should be updated if further progress is made

Ongoing

6.11

 

Sharing of industrial water returns along the lower Latrobe River

Complete, changes have been made to the Bulk Entitlement (Latrobe - Southern Rural) Amendment Order 2013, available from the Victorian Water Register.

Complete

6.12

 

Development of a business case for the MID 2030 project

Business Case submitted to government. The former Victorian Government provided $16 million funding in 2013 (seewww.srw.com.au/Page/Page.asp?Page_Id=206&h=0). Additional funding of $20 million has been provided for Stage 1B of the project through the 2016-17 Victorian State Budget. Also see page 62 of Aither (2015) 10-year evaluation of Environmental Contribution

Complete

6.13

 

Promoting sustainable irrigation

Victorian Government continues to invest in sustainable irrigation in MID. Refer to annual reporting for Victorian Investment Framework investment managed by the Sustainable Irrigation Program. Additional evidence available in Victorian Irrigation Drainage Program Review 2015 and Review and update of the Seasonal Adjustment Procedure in the MID 2016

Complete

6.14

 

Thorpdale – opportunity to purchase additional entitlement in cases where storage capacity exceeds the annual extraction limit

The end date for the program was extended from 30 June 2013 to 30 June 2015 by the Minister for Water on 11 February 2013. The program is now complete. In total eight applications were approved for a total volume of 131.8 ML

Complete

6.15

 

Additional 10 GL environmental share for the Latrobe River system

Complete, see Blue Rock Environmental Entitlement 2013, available from the Victorian Water Register

Complete

6.16

 

Managing the new environmental entitlement for the Latrobe River

Actions taken to manage entitlement. The actions are ongoing and are reported annually in the VEWH Seasonal Watering Plan and Reflections

Complete

6.17

 

Maximising environmental benefits from investments made to manage the environmental impacts of coal mining on the Latrobe tributaries

Work is continuing  

Ongoing

6.18

 

Additional 8 GL environmental share for the Thomson River

Action 3.5 in the Government's new water plan, Water for Victoria, commits to delivering  the additional water for the Thomson River by mid 2017. Reporting should be updated through Water for Victoria.

Water for Victoria

6.19

 

More flexible environmental releases from the Thomson Reservoir

Complete, see Bulk Entitlement (Thomson River - Environment) Amendment Order 2013 available from Victorian Water Register

Complete

6.20

 

Managing the Gippsland Lakes

Victorian Government continues to support management of the Gippsland Lakes through the Gippsland Lakes Coordinating Committee. For example see Water Minister media release on 29 January 2016. In future refer to annual Coordinating Committee reporting.

Complete

6.21

 

Providing water to the fringing wetlands of the Lower Latrobe River

Complete, see Lower Latrobe Wetlands Environmental Entitlement 2010 (as amended on 4 July 2013) available from Victorian Water Register

Complete

7.1

 

Local management plans for the main river systems in Far East Gippsland

Local Management Plans for East Gippsland Basin and Snowy River Basin are complete (seewww.srw.com.au)

Complete

7.2

 

Revised cap on the amount of unallocated surface water available for winterfill (July to October) diversions in Far East Gippsland's catchments

Winter fill SDLs have been amended to account for reduced volumes of additional available water. Rural water corporations are managing to revised SDLs. The final step in the process will be completion of a revised PCV Order (current order is Permissible Consumptive Volume Surface Water Order 2010 which is available from the Victorian Water Register website).

+ Reporting should be marked as complete when the revised PCV Order is completed

Ongoing

7.3

 

Water Supply Demand Strategy - East Gippsland Water

WSDS (called the Urban Water Strategy) complete. Seewww.egwater.vic.gov.au/customer-info/your-water/urban-water-strategy

Complete

7.4

 

Protecting Far East Gippsland's pristine rivers through a continued focus on catchment management.

Works to protect Far East Gippsland's rivers are documented in the East Gippsland Waterway Strategy 2014-2022 (seewww.egcma.com.au/what-we-do/274/). Page 15 and 66 of Aither (2015) 10-year evaluation of the Environmental Contribution provides an overview of works. Implementation will continue but there has clearly been a concerted effort to implement the action

Complete

7.5

 

Greater transparency in environmental water accounts and reporting for the Snowy River

The VEWH reports annually on the Snowy River entitlements it holds and water made available each year (see VEWH Annual Reports atwww.vewh.vic.gov.au/news-and-resources/resource-library/annual-reports)

Complete

7.6

 

Environmental flows for the  Victorian reaches of the Snowy River, estuary and wetlands

+ Ongoing – The Snowy Scientific Committee was replaced by the Snowy Advisory Committee in 2014 with two representatives nominated by a Victorian Minister (see here).

+ VEWH Seasonal Watering Plan notes that the VEWH holds water entitlements in trust for the Snowy program, a joint initiative with the New South Wales and Commonwealth governments. Decisions about the preferred environmental water releases for the Snowy are made by the New South Wales Ministerial Corporation, on recommendation of the Snowy Scientific Committee. The VEWH does not have a direct role in planning for or delivering this water. Reporting should be updated if further progress is made

Ongoing

 

6.1

Reviewing operation of the bulk entitlements (including other Wimmera actions)

Review of Bulk and Environmental Entitlements complete, seewww.gwmwater.org.au/services/bulk-entitlement)

Complete

 

6.2

Collaborating to improve efficiency

The Bulk Entitlement Review recommended a number of changes to improve the efficiency of system operation (seewww.gwmwater.org.au/services/bulk-entitlement). A number of recommendations have been implemented (see Bulk Entitlement (Wimmera and Glenelg Rivers - GWMWater) Amendment Order 2014 and Storage Management Rules 2014 (see same link). All stakeholders mentioned in the action were involved

Complete

 

6.3

Sale of the growth water

Ongoing - GWMWater have sold just over half of the available growth water through auctions (about 11 GL of 20 GL). Growth water sales are reported in GWMWater annual reports (seewww.gwmwater.org.au/customers/publications/reports-and-policies/cat_view/116-reports-and-policies/100-archive-annual-reports). Sales of growth water are ongoing (seewww.gwmwater.org.au/services/growth-water-sales). Reporting should be updated as further progress is made

Ongoing

 

6.4

Improving the efficiency of operating the supply system

GWMWater continue to monitor the efficiency of the supply system and reported performance as part of detailed modelling for the Bulk and Environmental Entitlement review

Complete

 

6.5

Considering more efficient headworks management

GWMWater considered future use of storages in 2008 (Atherton (2008) Report on conduct of future use of reservoirs project) and again as part of the Bulk and Environmental Entitlement Review (GWMWater (2014) Bulk and Environmental Entitlements Operations Review and SKM (2014) Bulk and Environmental Entitlements Operations Review - Modelling Report). A number of changes were made to storage operation that have been implemented in the Bulk Entitlement and Storage Management Rules (see www.gwmwater.org.au/services/bulk-entitlement)

Complete

 

6.6

Efficient operation of lakes Lonsdale and Toolondo

Improvements to the operations of Lake Toolondo and Lonsdale were considered as part of the Bulk and Environmental Entitlement Review. See Action 6.1, 6.4 and 6.5

Complete

 

6.7

Sharing any additional water savings in the supply system

Additional water savings have been managed as specified. For example decommissioning of the Wimmera Irrigation District delivered 23 GL (Long term cap equivalent) of water savings. The Commonwealth Government purchased the water and paid for the decommissioning with savings being returned to the environment. While implementation of this action is ongoing through further water savings projects, sufficient progress has been made to call the action complete

Complete

 

6.8a

Managing the Wimmera-Glenelg environmental entitlement

VEWH works with the two CMAs through the seasonal watering plan processes and operational arrangements. The broader review of bulk and environmental entitlements was completed in 2014 (seewww.gwmwater.org.au/services/bulk-entitlement) and the entitlements and storage management rules subsequently amended (refer to Victorian Water Register for amendment). Separating environmental entitlements was discussed but it was decided to keep a single environmental entitlement (see VEWH (2013) Wimmera and Glenelg Rivers environmental entitlement: Review of management arrangements DISCUSSION PAPER).

Complete

 

6.9

Developing rules for diverting river flows for recreation in wet years

GWMWater and other stakeholders made recommendations on these issues in the Bulk and Environmental Entitlement Review and instituted them through the revision of Storage Management Rules. Consideration continues to be given to the need for water for recreation (e.g. HunterH20 (2015) Review of Wimmera Headworks Supply System to meet Toolondo Fishery Management Objectives)

Complete

 

7.1

Revised caps on the amount of unallocated surface water available for winter-fill diversions in Otways catchments

+ Winter fill SDLs have been amended to account for reduced volumes of additional available water. Rural water corporations are managing to revised SDLs. The final step in the process will be completion of a revised PCV Order (current order is Permissible Consumptive Volume Surface Water Order 2010 which is available from the Victorian Water Register website).

+ Reporting should be marked as complete when the revised PCV Order is completed

Ongoing

 

7.2

Revising urban water supply-demand strategies

+Barwon Water and Wannon Water have revised WSDS

+ Wannon Water - permanent water saving rules are in theirDrought Response Plan

Barwon Water - permanent water saving rules are in theirPermanent Water Saving Plan

Complete

 

7.3

Improving environmental flows in the Gellibrand River

Action is identified as a key management priority in the Corangamite Waterway Strategy (see Table 5.9 in www.ccma.vic.gov.au/Publications/Corangamite-Waterway-Strategy.aspx). Wannon Water looked at supply augmentation options in theirWSDS (see Table 21)

Complete

 

7.4

Investing in integrated catchment management to improve Otway waterways

Catchment works in Otway waterways are documented in the Corangamite Waterway Strategy (see www.ccma.vic.gov.au/Publications/Corangamite-Waterway-Strategy.aspx). Aither (2015) 10-year evaluation of the Environmental Contribution provides an overview of implemented works. Implementation will continue but there has clearly been a concerted effort to implement the action.

Complete

 

8.1

Revised caps on the amount of unallocated surface water available for winter-fill diversions in the South-west Coast

+ Winter fill SDLs have been amended to account for reduced volumes of additional available water. Rural water corporations are managing to revised SDLs. The final step in the process will be completion of a revised PCV Order (current order is Permissible Consumptive Volume Surface Water Order 2010 which is available from the Victorian Water Register website).

+ Reporting should be marked as complete when the revised PCV Order is completed

Ongoing

 

8.2

Revising urban water supply-demand strategies

Wannon Water have revised their WSDS (see here). Wannon Water - permanent water saving rules are in theirDrought Response Plan.

Complete

 

8.3

Local management plan covering Lake Condah

The Portland Basin Local Management Plan covers Lake Condah (available here)

Complete

 

8.4

Local management plan for the Merri River

+ SRW have completed a LMP for the Merri Riverwhich  will be published on the SRW website in coming months.

+

Complete

 

8.5

Investing in integrated catchment management to improve South-west waterways

Catchment works in South-west waterways are documented in the Glenelg-Hopkins Waterway Strategy (seewww.ghcma.vic.gov.au/master-nav/publications/plans/glenelg-hopkins-waterway-strategy/). Aither (2015) 10-year evaluation of the Environmental Contribution provides an overview of implemented works. Implementation will continue but there has clearly been a concerted effort to implement the action.  

Complete

 

9.1

Revising urban water supply-demand strategies

+ Wannon water see Action 8.2

+ Barwon Water - see action 7.2

+ GWMWater - WSDS complete (seewww.gwmwater.org.au/services). Permanent water saving rules documented in Permanent Water Saving Plan (seewww.gwmwater.org.au/customers/publications/ground-and-surface-water/west-wimmera-gma/cat_view/121-water-restrictions-a-permanent-water-saving-rules)

+ Central Highlands Water - WSDS are complete (seewww.chw.net.au/about-us/water-supply-demand-strategy). Permanent water savings rules are in thePermanent Water Savings Plan.

Complete

 

9.2

Restoring Lake Corangamite- drainage scheme

Ongoing - Currently revising operating rules for the diversion scheme and management plan (2016: Options for the future management of the Woady Yaloak Diversion Scheme and Lough Calvert Drainage Scheme). DEWLP is currently preparing a statewide drainage strategy, due for completion in 2017. Will need to report when current processes are completed.

Ongoing

 

9.3

Investing in integrated catchment management to improve Western District waterways

Catchment works in Western District waterways are documented in the Glenelg-Hopkins and Corangamite Waterway Strategies (seewww.ghcma.vic.gov.au/master-nav/publications/plans/glenelg-hopkins-waterway-strategy/ andwww.ccma.vic.gov.au/Publications/Corangamite-Waterway-Strategy.aspx). Aither (2015) 10-year evaluation of the Environmental Contribution provides an overview of implemented works. Implementation will continue but there has clearly been a concerted effort to implement the action.

Complete

 

10.1

Revising urban water supply-demand strategies

+ GWMWater - see Action 9.1

+ Central Highlands - see Action 9.1

+ Coliban Water - WSDS complete (seewww.coliban.com.au/site/root/water_security/wsds.html).

+ Permanent water saving rules are in thePermanent Water Saving Plan

Complete

 

10.2

Local management plan for the Upper Wimmera River

+ Local Management Plan not completed as yet. Further reporting as progress is made.

Ongoing

 

10.3

Investing in integrated catchment management to improve waterways of the North-west

Catchment works in North-west waterways are documented in theWimmera Waterway Strategy. Aither (2015) 10-year evaluation of the Environmental Contribution provides an overview of implemented works. Implementation will continue but there has clearly been a concerted effort to implement the action

Complete

 

10.4

Development and implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan in the Wimmera and Mallee catchments

Victorian Government worked with Murray-Darling Basin Authority and Federal Government and local stakeholders to set SDL for the Wimmera. Required water was recovered through decommissioning of the Wimmera Irrigation District and purchase of irrigator entitlements. VEWH manages environmental water on behalf of the CEWO. Currently developing Water Resource Plans for the region. Recommend no further reporting. Future reporting to be done through Basin Plan reporting processes.

Complete

 

10.5

Protecting flows in the Millicent Coast Basin

+ Work on this action is ongoing.

Ongoing