The Minister for Water has received applications to amend Goulburn-Murray Water’s Goulburn system (Eildon Goulburn-Weir) bulk entitlement and the Victorian Environmental Water Holder’s Murray Flora and Fauna bulk entitlement to disconnect Greens Lake from the Goulburn Headworks system and allocate the resulting water savings to the environment respectively, in line with the Water Act 1989.  

Application overview

Goulburn-Murray Water is undertaking the Greens Lake Water Savings Project as part of the Connections Project, and the bulk entitlement amendments are required to enact the changes arising from this.

The application from Goulburn-Murray Water to amend its Eildon-Goulburn Weir bulk entitlement seeks to disconnect Greens Lake from the Goulburn Headworks system so it can no longer be used for water supply.

The application from the Victorian Environmental Water Holder seeks to add a 9 GL unregulated entitlement for the water savings arising from the removal of Greens Lake from the Goulburn Headworks system.

More information about the applications for amendments arising from the implementation of the Greens Lake Water Savings Project

Greens Lake Water Savings Project Essentials

The Greens Lake Water Savings Project is part of Stage 2 of the Goulburn-Murray Water Connections Project. Under the Greens Lake Water Savings Project, Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) is decommissioning the pumps from the outlet of Greens Lake so water in Greens Lake can no longer be used to supply water to entitlement holders. GMW will no longer harvest water from the Goulburn system for storage and supply from Greens Lake. If water has to be outfalled to Greens Lake from the Goulburn system, GMW will count this as a loss.

Modelling undertaken for the Goulburn-Murray Water Connections Project has shown that ceasing to use Greens Lake for water supply will result in water savings equivalent to an additional 9 GL/year of end-of-valley unregulated flows into the Murray River. Therefore, this volume will be allocated to the Victorian Environmental Water Holder (VEWH) as unregulated entitlement in the Murray system. These water savings arise from reduced evaporative and other losses.

To enact the changes arising from the Greens Lake Water Savings Project, Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) has applied to amend its Bulk Entitlement (Eildon-Goulburn Weir) Conversion Order to disconnect Greens Lake from the Goulburn Headworks system. This means GMW can no longer store any Goulburn system inflows in Greens Lake, and use this water to supply entitlement holders in the Goulburn system. Greens Lake will be removed from GMW's share of inflows and storage capacity in the Goulburn system and the water in Greens Lake can not be counted towards the resource to be allocated to entitlement holders in the Goulburn system.

The Victorian Environmental Water Holder (VEWH) has applied to amend its Bulk Entitlement (River Murray – Flora and Fauna) Conversion Order 1999 to add a 9 GL unregulated entitlement which can be taken below the Goulburn River confluence when the Murray-Darling Basin Authority announces that unregulated flow is available in the River Murray.  This entitlement will be available under the same conditions as the existing Living Murray unregulated entitlement created for the additional flow entering the Murray River

Next steps

The Minister for Water will consider the application from Goulburn-Murray Water and the request from the Victorian Environmental Water Holder, taking into account the requirements of the Water Act 1989. Subject to the Minister for Water’s approval, the bulk entitlement amendments will come into effect when they are published in the Victoria Government Gazette.

More information and submissions

For more information on the applications call 136 186 or email water.be@delwp.vic.gov.au.

Page last updated: 13/06/19