In 2018-19, availability of water for the environment is expected to be moderate across the state, with average to wet conditions required to increase water availability to high levels. A dry winter-spring 2018 will likely see supply reduce to low levels in some parts of the state.
Opportunities to purchase allocation may be considered in the Maribyrnong system, depending on the assessment of seasonal conditions and environmental needs. Opportunities to increase available allocation in the Moorabool system may also be investigated.
The VEWH may consider selling part of its allocation in northern region systems if environmental demands can be met. If this occurs, it would most likely be from summer 2018-19 onwards and be more likely following a wet winter-spring.
In 2018-19, the VEWH intends to implement a range of administrative transfers to facilitate the delivery of water for the environment across Victoria or for carryover purposes, including water held by other environmental water holders. Similarly, administrative transfers will be undertaken to transfer allocation available for use in the Snowy River.