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About the region

The Macalister and Thomson rivers are tributaries of the Latrobe River. The Macalister flows into the Thomson near Sale. The Thomson joins the Latrobe shortly downstream, where it flows past the Latrobe wetlands (Sale Common, Heart Morass and Dowd Morass) before entering Lake Wellington. These rivers and wetlands have a range of environmental values and support irrigated agriculture, tourism and industry.

The Snowy River flows south from the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales and into Victoria and Bass Strait. Storages in the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme are connected to the Murray and Murrumbidgee systems via a network of tunnels, pipelines and aqueducts through which water from the Snowy is transferred to supply irrigated agriculture in the Murray–Darling Basin.

View the current seasonal watering plan for the rivers and wetlands that make up the Gippsland region:


Seasonal Outlook 2022/23

Rainfall in the Gippsland region in 2021-22 was well above the long-term average for the second consecutive year, and temperatures were close to the long-term average. Widespread flooding occurred in June and November 2021, and major flooding occurred in Traralgon Creek, Tanjil River, Avon River, Wirn wirndook Yeerung (Macalister River) and Carran Carran (Thomson River) in June.

Delivery of water for the environment in rivers and wetlands within the West Gippsland CMA region was managed in line with a wet scenario during 2021-22, and all planned watering actions were achieved. Natural flows from spilling reservoirs and local catchment run-off met most of the planned watering actions during the year. Water for the environment was used to deliver several freshes in Carran Carran (Thomson River) and autumn/winter low flows and freshes in Wirn wirndook Yeerung (Macalister River) to support native fish migration and breeding, but was not needed in Durt-Yowan (Latrobe River); and there will likely be moderate-to-large carryover volumes for 2022-23. The three lower Latrobe wetlands (Sale Common, Dowd Morass and Heart Morass) received their first full flushing flows since 2010-11, and salinity levels in Lake Wellington remained low for a second consecutive year.

The Snowy River received its highest allocation of water for the environment since the Victorian Environmental Water Holder was established. The water was used to mimic seasonal snow melt patterns to enhance the river’s ecological and physical conditions.

The Bureau of Meteorology forecasts above-average rainfall and above-average temperature for the Gippsland region during winter and spring 2022. With greater-than-average soil moisture and relatively high storage levels, the risk of flooding remains for the Gippsland region in the first half of 2022-23.

High storage levels and forecast wet conditions for the start of 2022-23 are likely to result in high allocations to environmental entitlements in the Gippsland systems. There will also be a moderate-to-large carryover of unused environmental allocation from 2021-22, and although some of the carryover may be lost if storages spill, the combination of high allocations and carryover means there will be sufficient supply to deliver planned watering actions under all climate scenarios during 2022-23.

The approach to delivering water for the environment in the Gippsland region is to maintain enough flow in dry times to minimise stress on existing plant and animal populations and deliver larger flows in wetter conditions to enhance the condition of and increase recruitment in those populations. Wet conditions over the last two years have resulted in strong native fish recruitment in all of the Gippsland systems that receive water for the environment. While certain flows will be delivered at

a lower magnitude under drier climate scenarios, the forecast high water availability means that delivery of water for the environment to consolidate the environmental gains of the last two years and to support additional recruitment where possible should still be possible under all scenarios in 2022-23. Efforts to boost migratory fish populations in the Latrobe, Thomson and Macalister rivers are particularly important to increase numbers across the broader Gippsland region and help recover populations in systems that were affected by the 2019-20 bushfires.

Delivery of water for the environment in the lower Latrobe wetlands in 2022-23 will also aim to consolidate and, where possible, improve the environmental gains of the last two years. This will involve keeping all three wetlands at least partially full under all climate scenarios and looking for opportunities to provide flushing flows if there are high flows through the lower Latrobe River.

The water year for the Snowy system starts in May and finishes in April the following year, which differs from how water is managed in the other Gippsland systems. The total volume for release and daily release targets for the Snowy River from May 2022 to April 2023 were endorsed by the Snowy Advisory Committee in March 2022. The agreed daily releases will not vary unless flows increase the risk of flooding downstream or operational constraints prevent delivery.

Traditional Owners in the Gippsland region

Traditional Owners in the Gippsland region have an intrinsic connection to Country that has endured for tens of thousands of years. This includes inherent rights and cultural obligations to Country and community.

The Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC), on behalf of the Gunaikurnai, hold Native Title and is a Registered Aboriginal Party over an area that extends from near Warragul, east to the Snowy River and north to the Great Dividing Range. This area includes Durt-Yowan (Latrobe River), Carran Carran (Thomson River), Wirn wirndook Yeerung (Macalister River), the Snowy River and the lower Latrobe wetlands covered by this section of the seasonal watering plan.

The Victorian Government has entered into a recognition and settlement agreement with the Gunaikurnai. The recognition and settlement agreement, executed under the Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010, affords the Gunaikurnai rights relating to the use of public land within their agreement area.

Other Registered Aboriginal Parties in this geographic area are the Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation and Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation, but their boundaries do not extend to the waterways managed with water for the environment in the Gippsland region.

In the context of Treaty negotiations in Victoria and the Victorian Government’s commitment to self-determination for First Nations, program partners in the environmental watering program are aware that structural changes (such as legislative, policy and governance changes) to how water is managed may be made in the future in recognition of Aboriginal water rights. Program partners have heard for many years that Traditional Owners want empowerment and agency in water management, and in many cases, they want to manage water on Country on their own terms.

Black Swamp

Last water release

Sep-21

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

80 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

65.0 ML

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

80.0 ML

Kinnairds Wetland

Last water release

Sep-21

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

600 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

258.6 ML

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

195.0 ML

Moodie Swamp

Last water release

Dec-21

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

0

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

1,006.2 ML

Hird Swamp

Last water release

Feb-21

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

0

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

2,901.0 ML

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Johnson Swamp

Last water release

Aug-22

Released to date 2022-23

832.2 ML

Water authorised 2022-23

3300 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

3,240.4 ML

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

1,500.0 ML

Lake Cullen

Last water release

Aug-22

Released to date 2022-23

2,300.0 ML

Water authorised 2022-23

7,000 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

6,385.0 ML

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Lake Elizabeth

Last water release

Apr-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

1,000 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

960.0 ML

Watering 2020-21

713.5 ML

Watering 2021-22

824.0 ML

Lake Murphy

Last water release

Apr-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

0

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

3,306.2 ML

McDonalds Swamp

Last water release

Aug-22

Released to date 2022-23

353.6 ML

Water authorised 2022-23

700 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

293.0 ML

Watering 2020-21

280.0 ML

Watering 2021-22

350.0 ML

Richardsons Lagoon

Last water release

Nov-21

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

1,500 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

1,461.2 ML

Watering 2021-22

1,392.3 ML

Round Lake

Last water release

Apr-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

600 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

300.0 ML

Watering 2020-21

369.9 ML

Watering 2021-22

409.4 ML

Wirra-Lo wetland complex

Last water release

May-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

600 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

245.1 ML

Watering 2020-21

96.8 ML

Watering 2021-22

110.8 ML

Muringa wetlands

Last water release

May-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

50 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

26.7 ML

Third Reedy Lake

Last water release

Mar-21

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

0

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

3,760.0 ML

Watering 2020-21

1,415.0 ML

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Loch Garry

Last water release

Nov-21

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

0

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

499.8 ML

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

980.0 ML

Kanyapella basin

Last water release

Oct-21

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

1,000 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change. The water released in 2020-21 was made available by VEWH.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

500.0 ML

Watering 2021-22

1,000.0 ML

Doctors Swamp

Last water release

Apr-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

0

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

67.0 ML

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

427.0 ML

Reedy Swamp

Last water release

Dec-19

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

0

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

499.8 ML

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Gaynor Swamp

Last water release

Apr-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

1,000 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

993.2 ML

Watering 2021-22

901.1 ML

Upper Broken Creek

Last water release

Jun-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

2108 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change. The water released in 2020-21 was made available by VEWH, CEWH and banked passing flows.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

597.3 ML

Watering 2020-21

1,235.1 ML

Watering 2021-22

1,247.4 ML

Broken River

Last water release

Jun-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

2000 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

Watering 2021-22

509.6 ML

Horseshoe Lagoon

Last water release

Aug-22

Released to date 2022-23

70.4 ML

Water authorised 2022-23

120 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

121.0 ML

Watering 2020-21

17.1 ML

Watering 2021-22

51.9 ML

Tarago River

Last water release

May-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

Full entitlement

More Information

Volume authorised includes all water available under the entitlement, subject to allocation. Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

40.0 ML

Watering 2020-21

1,334.0 ML

Watering 2021-22

951.0 ML

Glenelg River

Last water release

Aug-22

Released to date 2022-23

480.0 ML

Water authorised 2022-23

Passing Flow

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

10,322 ML

Watering 2020-21

8,572 ML

Watering 2021-22

9,800 ML

Lower Mount William Creek

Last water release

Apr-20

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

15 ML

More Information

Volume authorised is shared between Wimmera and MacKenzie rivers and Burnt, Bungalally and Mount William creeks and the Ranch Billabong. Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

1,137.1 ML

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

0.0

MacKenzie River

Last water release

Apr-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

15 ML

More Information

Volume authorised is shared between Wimmera and MacKenzie rivers and Burnt, Bungalally and Mount William creeks and the Ranch Billabong. Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

2,178.3 ML

Watering 2020-21

1,612.9 ML

Watering 2021-22

2,885.4 ML

Bungalally Creek

Last water release

Apr-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

15 ML

More Information

Volume authorised is shared between Wimmera and MacKenzie rivers and Burnt, Bungalally and Mount William creeks and the Ranch Billabong. Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Burnt Creek

Last water release

May-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

15 ML

More Information

Volume authorised is shared between Wimmera and MacKenzie rivers and Burnt, Bungalally and Mount William creeks and the Ranch Billabong. Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

424.6 ML

Watering 2020-21

719.7 ML

Watering 2021-22

109.4 ML

Upper Mount William Creek

Last water release

May-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

15 ML

More Information

Volume authorised is shared between Wimmera and MacKenzie rivers and Burnt, Bungalally and Mount William creeks and the Ranch Billabong. Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

139.0 ML

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

135.0 ML

Wimmera River

Last water release

May-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

15 ML

More Information

Volume authorised is shared between Wimmera and MacKenzie rivers and Burnt, Bungalally and Mount William creeks and the Ranch Billabong. Flows to the Wimmera River may be delivered from Lake Londsale or Taylors Lake Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

7,691.5 ML

Watering 2020-21

3,955.4 ML

Watering 2021-22

7,117.1 ML

Ranch Billabong

Last water release

Dec-21

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

15 ML

More Information

Volume authorised is shared between Wimmera and MacKenzie rivers and Burnt, Bungalally and Mount William creeks and the Ranch Billabong. Flows to the Wimmera River may be delivered from Lake Londsale or Taylors Lake Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

11.7 ML

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

6.0 ML

Barbers Swamp

Last water release

May-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

6 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

7.6 ML

Watering 2020-21

5.7 ML

Watering 2021-22

3.9 ML

Broom Tank

Last water release

May-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

2 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

1.1 ML

Watering 2021-22

1.0 ML

Bull Swamp

Last water release

Sep-20

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

6 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

4.1 ML

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Carapugna

Last water release

May-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

12 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

10.3 ML

Watering 2020-21

18.9 ML

Watering 2021-22

12.9 ML

Challambra Swamp

Last water release

Dec-21

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

3 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

1.9 ML

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

4.7 ML

Chiprick

Last water release

Oct-18

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

5 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Chirrup Swamp

Last water release

Dec-21

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

3 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

1.2 ML

Watering 2020-21

1.4 ML

Watering 2021-22

0.4

Clinton Shire Dam

Last water release

Sep-21

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

2 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.5

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

2.6 ML

Cokum Bushland Reserve

Last water release

Nov-21

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

3 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

2.5 ML

Watering 2020-21

2.0 ML

Watering 2021-22

3.5 ML

Considines

Last water release

Mar-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

5 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

3.8 ML

Watering 2020-21

3.9 ML

Watering 2021-22

4.2 ML

Corack Lake

Last water release

Feb-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

3 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

4.2 ML

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

3.4 ML

Coundons Wetland

Last water release

Apr-21

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

1 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.5

Watering 2020-21

0.7

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Creswick Swamp

Last water release

Mar-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

2 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

1.1 ML

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

2.7 ML

Cronomby Tanks

Last water release

Nov-21

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

6 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

4.0 ML

Watering 2021-22

6.1 ML

Crow Swamp

Last water release

Apr-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

6 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

5.0 ML

Watering 2020-21

9.3 ML

Watering 2021-22

5.1 ML

D Smith Dam

Last water release

Oct-21

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

1 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

0.8

Watering 2021-22

0.7

Davis Dam

Last water release

Jan-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

2 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.8

Watering 2020-21

1.3 ML

Watering 2021-22

1.1 ML

Falla Dam

Last water release

Dec-21

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

2 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

2.0 ML

Watering 2021-22

1.8 ML

Fieldings Dam

Last water release

May-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

2 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

1.4 ML

Watering 2020-21

1.6 ML

Watering 2021-22

1.1 ML

Goulds Reserve

Last water release

Sep-20

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

4 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

2.0 ML

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Greens Wetland

Last water release

May-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

3 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

2.1 ML

Watering 2021-22

1.4 ML

Harcoans Swamp

Last water release

May-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

4 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

10.1 ML

Watering 2020-21

8.2 ML

Watering 2021-22

4.7 ML

Homelea

Last water release

Oct-20

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

2 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.8

Watering 2020-21

0.8

Watering 2021-22

0.0

J Ferrier Wetland

Last water release

Dec-21

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

4 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

1.7 ML

Watering 2021-22

2.3 ML

Jeffcott Wildlife Reserve

Last water release

Feb-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

2 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

2.8 ML

Watering 2020-21

1.1 ML

Watering 2021-22

3.4 ML

Jesse Swamp

Last water release

Mar-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

2 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

6.1 ML

Watering 2020-21

5.2 ML

Watering 2021-22

3.0 ML

John Ampt

Last water release

Dec-21

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

2 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

2.1 ML

Kath Smith Dam

Last water release

Mar-21

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

1 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.6

Watering 2020-21

0.7

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Krong Swamp

Last water release

Aug-18

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

Not Authorised

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Lake Danaher Bushland Reserve

Last water release

Jun-19

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

3 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Mahoods Corner

Last water release

Dec-21

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

1 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.9

Watering 2020-21

2.0 ML

Watering 2021-22

1.2 ML

Morton Plains Reserve

Last water release

Sep-21

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

2 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

1.4 ML

Watering 2021-22

1.6 ML

Mutton

Last water release

Sep-21

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

5 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

9.5 ML

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

4.3 ML

Newer Swamp (Round Swamp)

Last water release

Oct-18

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

3 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Opies Dam

Last water release

May-21

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

2 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.7

Watering 2020-21

0.7

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Pam Juergens Dam

Last water release

Jun-21

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

1 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.4

Watering 2020-21

0.4

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Part of Gap Reserve

Last water release

Sep-20

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

4 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

1.8 ML

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Paul Barclay

Last water release

May-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

2 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

5.3 ML

Watering 2020-21

4.1 ML

Watering 2021-22

3.0 ML

Pinedale

Last water release

May-21

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

3 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

1.8 ML

Watering 2020-21

2.6 ML

Watering 2021-22

1.7 ML

Poyner

Last water release

Jun-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

3 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

1.2 ML

Watering 2021-22

1.0 ML

R Ferriers Dam

Last water release

Nov-21

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

4 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

3.7 ML

Watering 2021-22

6.3 ML

Rickard Glenys Dam

Last water release

May-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

2 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

1.8 ML

Watering 2020-21

1.6 ML

Watering 2021-22

0.3

Roselyn Wetland/Reids Dam

Last water release

Oct-21

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

6 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

3.7 ML

Watering 2021-22

2.9 ML

Sawpit Swamp

Last water release

Sep-21

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

Not Authorised

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

10.6 ML

Watering 2021-22

9.0 ML

Schultz/ Koschitzke

Last water release

Nov-21

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

3 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

2.8 ML

Shannons Wayside

Last water release

May-19

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

2 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Tarkedia Dam

Last water release

May-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

2 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

2.1 ML

Watering 2020-21

1.9 ML

Watering 2021-22

1.3 ML

Tchum Lakes Lake Reserve (North Lake - Wetland)

Last water release

Sep-18

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

Not Authorised

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Tchum Lakes Swimming Pool (North Lake - Dam)

Last water release

Oct-19

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

4 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

3.6 ML

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Towma (Lake Marlbed)

Last water release

Oct-21

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

2 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.7

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Uttiwillock Wetland

Last water release

Nov-21

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

6 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

Watering 2020-21

4.8 ML

Watering 2021-22

4.6 ML

Wal Wal Swamp

Last water release

May-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

4 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

4.9 ML

Watering 2021-22

2.2 ML

Upper Jacksons Creek

Last water release

May-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

Not Authorised

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

314.5 ML

Pyrites Creek

Last water release

Dec-21

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

Full entitlement

More Information

Volume authorised includes all water available under the entitlement, subject to allocation. Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

178.4 ML

Watering 2020-21

560.8 ML

Watering 2021-22

1,470.1 ML

Werribee River

Last water release

May-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

Full entitlement

More Information

Volume authorised includes all water available under the entitlement, subject to allocation. Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

990.0 ML

Watering 2020-21

1,325.7 ML

Watering 2021-22

792.0 ML

Guttrum Forest

Last water release

Dec-21

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

1100 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

498.2 ML

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

654.3 ML

Little Gunbower Creek Complex

Last water release

Jun-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

75500* ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change. The water released in 2021-22 was made available by the Living Murray Program. *Volume authorised is the total made availble for the Gunbower Forest floodplain, floodrunners and wetlands, including Yarran Creek.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

1,119.9 ML

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

3,207.9 ML

Little Reedy Wetland Complex

Last water release

Feb-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

75500* ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change. The water released in 2021-22 was made available by the Living Murray Program. *Volume authorised is the total made availble for the Gunbower Forest floodplain, floodrunners and wetlands, including Yarran Creek.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

1,878.0 ML

Watering 2020-21

1,505.8 ML

Watering 2021-22

9,166.9 ML

Reedy Lagoon

Last water release

Jun-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

75500* ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change. The water released in 2021-22 was made available by the Living Murray Program. *Volume authorised is the total made availble for the Gunbower Forest floodplain, floodrunners and wetlands, including Yarran Creek.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

921.8 ML

Watering 2021-22

2,604.0 ML

Black Swamp

Last water release

Jun-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

75500* ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change. The water released in 2021-22 was made available by the Living Murray Program. *Volume authorised is the total made availble for the Gunbower Forest floodplain, floodrunners and wetlands, including Yarran Creek.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

142.5 ML

Watering 2021-22

1,462.6 ML

Yarran Creek

Last water release

Nov-21

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

75500* ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change. The water released in 2021-22 was made available by the Living Murray Program. *Volume authorised is the total made availble for the Gunbower Forest floodplain, floodrunners and wetlands, including Yarran Creek.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

1,413.0 ML

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

1,125.0 ML

Gunbower Creek

Last water release

Aug-22

Released to date 2022-23

3,067.1 ML

Water authorised 2022-23

21,000 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change. The water released in 2021-22 was made available by VEWH and CEWH.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

21,231.2 ML

Watering 2020-21

10,330.6 ML

Watering 2021-22

10,149.4 ML

Gunbower Forest

Last water release

Aug-22

Released to date 2022-23

35,909.6 ML

Water authorised 2022-23

75500* ML

More Information

Includes water delivering via Hipwell Road regulator. Other water delivered via lower landscape regulators is provided separately. Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change. The water released in 2022-23 was made available by the Living Murray program. *Volume authorised is the total made availble for the Gunbower Forest floodplain, floodrunners and wetlands, including Yarran Creek.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

2,946.1 ML

Barmah Forest

Last water release

Aug-22

Released to date 2022-23

42,589.5 ML

Water authorised 2022-23

397,000 ML

More Information

Includes delivery to Boal and Gulf creeks, Boals Deadwood wetland, Reedy Lagoon and Top Island wetland. Environmental water delivered from NSW holdings is not included in the total volumes. Watering data is updated monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change. The water released in 2020-21 was made available by VEWH, CEWH, the Living Murray Program and River Murray Increased Flows.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

282,118.1 ML

Watering 2020-21

204,515.9 ML

Watering 2021-22

205,312.5 ML

River Murray system

Last water release

Jan-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

397,000 ML

More Information

Environmental water delivered from NSW holdings is not included in the total volumes. Watering data is updated quartery based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

Watering 2021-22

17,576.0 ML

Boals Deadwood

Last water release

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

21000 ML

More Information

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0

Watering 2020-21

8164.8 ML

Watering 2021-22

5603.056 ML

Lower Broken Creek

Last water release

Aug-22

Released to date 2022-23

2,046.1 ML

Water authorised 2022-23

80,000 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change. The water released in 2020-21 was made available by VEWH, CEWH and the Living Murray program.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

247.0 ML

Watering 2020-21

33,654.5 ML

Watering 2021-22

69,915.4 ML

Goulburn River

Last water release

Aug-22

Released to date 2022-23

135,092.3 ML

Water authorised 2022-23

512,000 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change. The water released in 2020-21 was made available by VEWH, CEWH and the Living Murray program

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

3,533.0 ML

Watering 2020-21

238,819.1 ML

Watering 2021-22

468,756.7 ML

Dowd Morass

Last water release

Water delivered 2020 and 2021

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

Full entitlement

More Information

Use of holdings in Dowd Morass is based on river height in the Latrobe River, not volumetric entitlement

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Heart Morass

Last water release

Water delivered 2020 and 2021

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

Full entitlement

More Information

Use of holdings in Dowd Morass is based on river height in the Latrobe River, not volumetric entitlement

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Latrobe River

Last water release

Apr-20

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

Full entitlement

More Information

Volume authorised includes all water available under the entitlement, subject to allocation. Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

2,701.7 ML

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Sale Common

Last water release

Water delivered 2020 and 2021

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

Full entitlement

More Information

Use of holdings in Dowd Morass is based on river height in the Latrobe River, not volumetric entitlement

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Macalister River

Last water release

Mar-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

Full entitlement

More Information

Volume authorised includes all water available under the entitlement, subject to allocation. Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

18,333.0 ML

Watering 2020-21

3,611.0 ML

Watering 2021-22

390.0 ML

Snowy River

Last water release

Apr-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

203,000 ML is planned for release in 2022-23. The snowy water year is May-April ML

More Information

The water year in the Snowy system runs from May to April. NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment manages environmental water in the Snowy River.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

117,871.0 ML

Watering 2020-21

91,176.0 ML

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Thomson River

Last water release

Jul-22

Released to date 2022-23

1,755.0 ML

Water authorised 2022-23

Full entitlement (shared between the Thomson River and Heyfield wetlands

More Information

Volume authorised includes all water available under the entitlement, subject to allocation. Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

12,910.0 ML

Watering 2020-21

18,651.0 ML

Watering 2021-22

18,960.0 ML

King River

Last water release

Mar-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

0

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change. The water released in 2020-21 was made available by the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

50.0 ML

Watering 2020-21

86.0 ML

Watering 2021-22

142.0 ML

Ovens River

Last water release

Mar-21

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

0

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change. The water released in 2020-21 was made available by the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

53.0 ML

Watering 2020-21

73.0 ML

Watering 2021-22

73.0 ML

Heyfield wetlands

Last water release

Oct-19

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

Full entitlement

More Information

Volume authorised is available under the volume authorised for the Thomson River Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

12.0 ML

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Mullinmur Wetland

Last water release

Feb-20

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

0

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change. The water released in 2020-21 was made available by the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

20.0 ML

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Yarra River

Last water release

Dec-21

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

36,000 (shared between the Yarra River, Plenty River, Banyule Billabong and Yering Backswamp) ML

More Information

Volume authorised includes all water available under the entitlement, subject to allocation. Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

3,931.0 ML

Watering 2020-21

8,453.0 ML

Watering 2021-22

26,917.0 ML

Yering Backswamp

Last water release

Jun-21

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

36,000 (shared between the Yarra River, Plenty River, Banyule Billabong and Yering Backswamp) ML

More Information

Volume authorised is available under the volume authorised for the Yarra River Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change. The water released in 2020-21 was made available by VEWH.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

18.0 ML

Watering 2020-21

6.0 ML

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Banyule Billabong

Last water release

Oct-19

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

36,000 (shared between the Yarra River, Plenty River, Banyule Billabong and Yering Backswamp) ML

More Information

Volume authorised is available under the volume authorised for the Yarra River Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

51.0 ML

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Annulus Billabong

Last water release

Dec-21

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

36,000 (shared between the Yarra River, Plenty River, Banyule Billabong and Yering Backswamp) ML

More Information

Volume authorised is available under the volume authorised for the Yarra River Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

46.0 ML

Watering 2021-22

28.0 ML

Burke Road Billabong

Last water release

Nov-18

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

36,000 (shared between the Yarra River, Plenty River, Banyule Billabong and Yering Backswamp) ML

More Information

Volume authorised is available under the volume authorised for the Yarra River Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Willsmere Billabong

Last water release

Nov-18

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

36,000 (shared between the Yarra River, Plenty River, Banyule Billabong and Yering Backswamp) ML

More Information

Volume authorised is available under the volume authorised for the Yarra River Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Hospital Swamps

Last water release

Water delivered 2021

Released to date 2022-23

Water delivered

Water authorised 2022-23

Full entitlement

More Information

Use of holdings in Hospital Swamp is based on river height in the Barwon River, not volumetric entitlement. The water released was made available by VEWH.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

Water delivered

Watering 2020-21

Water delivered

Watering 2021-22

Water delivered

Reedy Lake

Last water release

Water delivered 2021

Released to date 2022-23

Water delivered

Water authorised 2022-23

Full entitlement

More Information

Use of holdings in Reedy Lake is based on river height in the Barwon River, not volumetric entitlement. The water released was made available by VEWH.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

Water delivered

Watering 2020-21

Water delivered

Watering 2021-22

Water delivered

Moorabool River

Last water release

Apr-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

Full entitlement

More Information

Volume authorised includes all water available under the entitlement, subject to allocation. Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change. The water released in 2020-21 was made available by VEWH.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

3,587.0 ML

Watering 2020-21

2,295.0 ML

Watering 2021-22

2,563.0 ML

Upper Barwon River

Last water release

Mar-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

Full entitlement

More Information

Volume authorised includes all water available under the entitlement, subject to allocation. Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

901.0 ML

Watering 2020-21

888.4 ML

Watering 2021-22

849.2 ML

Lake Kramen

Last water release

Nov-19

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

Not Authorised

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

12,701.7 ML

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Hattah Lakes

Last water release

Aug-22

Released to date 2022-23

13,692.0 ML

Water authorised 2022-23

35,000 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change. The delivery in 2019-20 was entirely for pump maintenance. Water released in 2021-22 is made available by the VEWH and the Living Murray program, to be used for pump maintence and to achieve environmental objectives in the VEWH's seasonal watering plan

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

145.0 ML

Watering 2020-21

27,312.7 ML

Watering 2021-22

46,138.7 ML

Lake Wallawalla

Last water release

Sep-21

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

4,000 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change. Water authorised in 2020-21 is made available by VEWH and the Living Murray program.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

3,993.1 ML

Watering 2021-22

10,005.5 ML

Lindsay and Mulcra islands

Last water release

Jun-21

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

Full entitlement

More Information

Includes deliveries to anabranch waterways and wetlands within Lindsay and Mulcra islands. Watering is coordinated with operation of weir pools 7 and 8 of the Murray River.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

387.0 ML

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Wallpolla Horseshoe

Last water release

May-21

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

400 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change. Water released in 2021-22 was made available by the Living Murray program.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

399.7 ML

Watering 2020-21

399.2 ML

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Finnigans Creek

Last water release

Dec-20

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

1000 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change. Water released in 2021-22 was made available by VEWH and the Living Murray program.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

950.2 ML

Watering 2020-21

999.9 ML

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Sandy Creek

Last water release

Dec-20

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

2000 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change. Water released in 2021-22 was made available by VEWH and the Living Murray program.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

1,311.9 ML

Watering 2020-21

1,999.6 ML

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Wallpolla East

Last water release

Dec-20

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

1500 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change. Water released in 2021-22 was made available by VEWH and the Living Murray program.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

1,383.2 ML

Watering 2020-21

1,487.0 ML

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Crankhandle

Last water release

Nov-21

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

400 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change. Water released in 2021-22 was made available by the Living Murray program.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

400.2 ML

Watering 2021-22

800.0 ML

Lindsay-Mullaroo connector

Last water release

Nov-20

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

300 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change. Water released in 2021-22 was made available by the Living Murray program.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

292.7 ML

Watering 2021-22

208.9 ML

Scotties Billabong

Last water release

Nov-20

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

100 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change. Water released in 2021-22 was made available by the Living Murray program.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

100.4 ML

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Wetland 33

Last water release

Nov-20

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

150 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change. Water released in 2021-22 was made available by the Living Murray program.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

149.3 ML

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Weir Pools

Last water release

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

Watering 2020-21

Watering 2021-22

4,094.5 ML

Campaspe River

Last water release

Aug-22

Released to date 2022-23

3,399.3 ML

Water authorised 2022-23

Full entitlement

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change. The water released in 2020-21 was made available by VEWH, CEWH and the Living Murray program.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

20,438.3 ML

Watering 2020-21

25,024.8 ML

Watering 2021-22

34,420.0 ML

Birchs Creek

Last water release

Water delivered 2014-15

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

Full entitlement

More Information

Volume authorised includes all water available under the entitlement, subject to allocation. Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Lake Boort

Last water release

Aug-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

5000 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

770.0 ML

Lake Leaghur

Last water release

Jun-21

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

600 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

804.6 ML

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Lake Meran

Last water release

Apr-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

0

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

1,611.7 ML

Watering 2020-21

1,353.4 ML

Watering 2021-22

7,713.6 ML

Lake Yando

Last water release

Mar-21

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

0

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

1,010.5 ML

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Little Lake Meran

Last water release

Aug-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

1400 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Loddon River

Last water release

Aug-22

Released to date 2022-23

1,329.8 ML

Water authorised 2022-23

Full entitlement (includes management of passing flows)

More Information

Volume authorised includes all water available under the entitlement, subject to allocation. Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

8,096.1 ML

Watering 2020-21

15,392.9 ML

Watering 2021-22

13,792.8 ML

Pyramid Creek

Last water release

Aug-22

Released to date 2022-23

39.7 ML

Water authorised 2022-23

6,000 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

122.7 ML

Watering 2020-21

619.5 ML

Watering 2021-22

968.1 ML

Bidgee Lagoons

Last water release

Dec-20 (naturally inudated 2021-22)

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

0

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

450.0 ML

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Brickworks Billabong

Last water release

Mar-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

250 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

320.0 ML

Watering 2020-21

248.3 ML

Watering 2021-22

198.7 ML

Bridge Creek

Last water release

Nov-19

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

0

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

776.1 ML

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Bullock Swamp

Last water release

Water delivered 2014-15

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

0

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Burra Creek North

Last water release

May-19

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

0

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Burra Creek South

Last water release

Apr-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

0

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

941.7 ML

Burra Creek South Proper

Last water release

Apr-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

0

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

70.1 ML

Cardross Lakes

Last water release

Nov-17

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

0

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Carina Bend

Last water release

Oct-19

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

0

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

877.8 ML

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Cowanna Billabong

Last water release

Water delivered 2015-16

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

0

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Heywoods Lake

Last water release

Jun-17

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

0

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

0.0

J1 Creek

Last water release

Nov-17

Released to date 2022-23

Water authorised 2022-23

0

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

Watering 2021-22

Lake Carpul

Last water release

Water delivered 2015-16

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

2000 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Lake Hawthorn

Last water release

Feb-22

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

1500 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

1,460.2 ML

Watering 2020-21

859.9 ML

Watering 2021-22

177.2 ML

Margooya floodplain wetland

Last water release

Dec-20

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

0

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

15.0 ML

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Koorlong Lake

Last water release

Jun-21

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

150 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

147.8 ML

Watering 2020-21

62.3 ML

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Lake Powell

Last water release

Water delivered 2015-16

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

2300 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Robertson Creek

Last water release

Nov-21

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

700 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

999.7 ML

Watering 2021-22

723.2 ML

Robertson wetland

Last water release

Watered in 2013-14

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

500 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Liparoo East

Last water release

Nov-19

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

0

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

392.4 ML

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Liparoo West

Last water release

Oct-19

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

0

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

271.5 ML

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Neds Corner Central

Last water release

Nov-19

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

0

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

148.6 ML

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Neds Corner East

Last water release

Oct-19

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

0

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

98.1 ML

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Neds Corner Woolshed

Last water release

Dec-20

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

0

More Information

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

21.0 ML

Watering 2020-21

52.7 ML

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Nyah Floodplain

Last water release

Nov-18 (naturally inudated 2021-22)

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

2,000 ML

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Vinifera Floodplain

Last water release

May-19 (naturally inudated 2021-22)

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

0

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Yungera Wetland

Last water release

Nov-18

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

0

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Little Heywood Lake

Last water release

Nov-17

Released to date 2022-23

0.0

Water authorised 2022-23

0

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

0.0

Watering 2020-21

0.0

Watering 2021-22

0.0

Serpentine Creek

Last water release

Aug-22

Released to date 2022-23

45.0 ML

Water authorised 2022-23

Full entitlement

More Information

Volume authorised includes all water available under the entitlement, subject to allocation. Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change. The water released in 2020-21 was made available by VEWH and CEWH.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

1,345.7 ML

Watering 2020-21

1,238.3 ML

Watering 2021-22

954.0 ML

Coliban River

Last water release

Aug-22

Released to date 2022-23

25.2 ML

Water authorised 2022-23

Passing Flow

More Information

Watering data is updated bi-monthly based on available operational data and is subject to change.

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

Watering 2020-21

Watering 2021-22

213.8 ML

Last water release

Total Check

Released to date 2022-23

243,027 ML

Water authorised 2022-23

More Information

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

Watering 2020-21

Watering 2021-22

Last water release

243,026.76

Released to date 2022-23

0

Water authorised 2022-23

More Information

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

Watering 2020-21

Watering 2021-22

Last water release

Released to date 2022-23

Water authorised 2022-23

More Information

* Subject to environment and climatic conditions and operational constraints

Watering 2019-20

Watering 2020-21

Watering 2021-22

Engagement

Seasonal watering proposals are informed by community and program partner engagement, including Traditional Owner engagement. Program partners and communities help to identify priorities and opportunities for the delivery of water for the environment in the coming year.

Longer-term regional catchment strategies, regional waterway strategies, relevant technical studies (such as environmental flows studies), environmental water management plans and Traditional Owner Country plans (and associated documents) also inform seasonal watering proposals. These strategies, plans and technical reports collectively describe a range of environmental, economic, social and Traditional Owner perspectives and longer-term integrated catchment and waterway management objectives that influence actions and priorities for water for the environment.

The VEWH and its program partners consider cultural, social, economic and recreational values and uses of waterways when planning for water for the environment. Where possible, opportunities to support these values and uses are incorporated into watering decisions, provided they do not compromise environmental outcomes. Cultural, social, economic and recreational values considered for each system in the Gippsland region are presented in the system sections that follow.

The International Association for Public Participation’s Public Participation Spectrum (IAP2 Spectrum) has been used to categorise the levels of participation of stakeholders involved in the planning process for water for the environment. Table 2.1.1 shows the IAP2 Spectrum categories and participation goals.

Table 2.1.1 International Association for Public Participation’s Public Participation Spectrum categories and participation goals1

IAP2 level

Engagement goal

Inform

Provide balanced and objective information to assist understanding, alternatives, opportunities and/or solutions

Consult

Obtain feedback on analysis, alternatives and/or decisions

Involve

Work directly throughout a process to ensure that concerns and aspirations are consistently understood and considered

Collaborate

Partner in each aspect of the decision, including the development of alternatives and the identification of the preferred solution

Empower

Place final decision-making in the hands of the stakeholder

1 The VEWH has the permission of the International Association for Public Participation to reproduce the IAP2 Spectrum.

Table 2.1.2 shows the partners, stakeholder organisations and individuals with which West Gippsland CMA engaged when preparing the Durt-Yowan (Latrobe River), lower Latrobe wetlands, Thomson (which includes the Heyfield wetlands) and Macalister systems’ seasonal watering proposals. This includes engagement conducted as part of developing the seasonal watering proposals as well as engagement during the preparation of key foundational documents that directly informed the proposals. VEWH staff were also consulted for operational information as part of the development of all seasonal watering proposals by CMAs.

The table also shows the level of engagement between West Gippsland CMA and stakeholders of the environmental watering program in the Gippsland region based on the West Gippsland CMA’s interpretation of the IAP2 Spectrum.

The level of engagement differs between organisations and between systems, depending on the availability, capacity or interest of stakeholders to participate, roles and responsibilities of organisations in managing a site or system, and potential interaction of proposed watering with other activities on the waterway. For example, in the Gippsland region, Parks Victoria is more involved in the planning for and management of water for the environment for the lower Latrobe wetlands than for the other Gippsland systems, because it is the land manager for Dowd Morass and Sale Common and it operates the regulators used to release water to these sites.

External factors also influence engagement opportunities. COVID-19 restrictions restricted engagement efforts across Gippsland, reducing opportunities for face-to-face meetings with the community and Traditional Owners.

Table 2.1.2 Partners and stakeholders engaged by West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority in developing seasonal watering proposals for the Latrobe, lower Latrobe wetlands, Thomson and Macalister systems and other key foundation documents that have directly informed the proposals (grouped in alphabetical order)

 

Latrobe River

Lower Latrobe wetlands

Thomson system

Macalister system

Community groups and environment groups

IAP2 level: Inform

  • Greening Australia
  • Latrobe   Valley Field Naturalist Club Inc.
  • Native Fish Australia

IAP2 level: Involve

  • Birdlife Australia

IAP2 level: Collaborate

  • Heyfield Wetlands Committee of Management

IAP2 level: Involve

  • Environment Victoria
  • Maffra   and Districts Landcare Network
  • Native Fish Australia

IAP2 level: Involve

  • Cowwarr Landcare Group
  • Waterwatch volunteers

IAP2 level: Inform

  • Greening Australia
  • Latrobe   Valley Field Naturalist Club Inc.
  • Native Fish Australia

IAP2 level: Inform

  • Birdlife Australia

Government agencies

IAP2 level: Collaborate

  • Parks Victoria
  • Southern Rural Water

IAP2 level: Collaborate

  • Parks Victoria

IAP2 level: Collaborate

  • Melbourne Water
  • Southern Rural Water

IAP2 level: Collaborate

  • Southern Rural Water

IAP2 level: Consult

  • Gippsland Water

IAP2 level: Consult

  • Gippsland Water

IAP2 level: Involve

  • Gippsland Water

IAP2 level: Involve

  • Gippsland Water

IAP2 level: Inform

  • Department   of Environment, Land, Water   and Planning
  • East Gippsland CMA
  • Victorian Fisheries Authority

IAP2 level: Inform

  • Department   of Environment, Land, Water   and Planning
  • East Gippsland CMA
  • Victorian Fisheries Authority

IAP2 level: Inform

  • Department   of Environment, Land, Water   and Planning
  • Victorian Fisheries Authority

IAP2 level: Inform

  • Department   of Environment, Land, Water   and Planning
  • Victorian Fisheries Authority

Landholders/farmers

IAP2 level: Inform

  • Individual landholders

IAP2 level: Collaborate

  • Field   & Game Australia (Heart Morass)

IAP2 level: Involve

  • Individual landholders

IAP2 level: Involve

  • Macalister Irrigation District irrigators/diverters
  • Other landholders

IAP2 level: Inform

  • Individual landholders

Local businesses

IAP2 level: Inform

  • Port   of Sale Heritage Cruises

IAP2 level: Inform

  • Port   of Sale Heritage Cruises
  

Recreational users

IAP2 level: Inform

  • Field &   Game Australia
  • VRFish

IAP2 level: Collaborate

  • Field   & Game Australia (Dowd Morass and Sale Common)

IAP2 level: Involve

  • Tourism operators
  • VRFish

IAP2 level: Involve

  • VRFish

IAP2 level: Inform

  • VRFish

Technical experts

IAP2 level: Collaborate

  • Arthur Rylah Institute
 

IAP2 level: Collaborate

  • Arthur Rylah Institute

IAP2 level: Collaborate

  • Arthur Rylah Institute

Traditional Owners

IAP2 level: Collaborate

  • Gunaikurnai Land and Waters   Aboriginal Corporation

IAP2 level: Collaborate

  • Gunaikurnai Land and Waters   Aboriginal Corporation

IAP2 level: Collaborate

  • Gunaikurnai Land and Waters   Aboriginal Corporation

IAP2 level: Collaborate

  • Gunaikurnai Land and Waters   Aboriginal Corporation

Integrated catchment management

Altered water regimes are one of many threats to the health of Victoria’s waterways. To be effective, environmental flows need to be part of an integrated approach to catchment management. Many of the environmental objectives of water for the environment in the Gippsland region will not be fully met without simultaneously addressing issues such as barriers to fish movement, high nutrient loads, loss of streambank vegetation and invasive species.

Victorian and Australian government agencies, Traditional Owner groups, community groups and private landholders collectively implement a wide range of programs that aim to protect and improve the environmental condition and function of land, soils and waterways throughout Victoria’s catchments.

Examples of complementary programs that are likely to support environmental flows outcomes in the Gippsland region include:

  • works to protect and enhance stream banks along priority reaches of rivers and their tributaries, including fencing to exclude stock, revegetation of riverbanks, willow removal and erosion control
  • work with farmers along Carran Carran (Thomson River) and Wirn wirndook Yeerung (Macalister River) on grazing and soil management and on nutrient and water-use-efficiency projects that help to improve water quality and river health
  • construction of a fishway on Carran Carran (Thomson River) to improve fish passage near the heritage-listed Horseshoe Bend Tunnel, completed in August 2019. The fishway now allows Australian grayling, which are specifically targeted with releases of water for the environment, and other migratory fish, to access over 200 km of river habitat from the upper reaches of the Aberfeldy River down to Durt-Yowan (Latrobe River). Tupong have since been found above the Horseshoe Bend Tunnel in surveys conducted by the Arthur Rylah Institute
  • a weed and willow control program in remote parts of the Snowy River catchment, which led to 200 km of the river now being willow-free. Surveys and ongoing control of willows in areas that were burnt by the 2019-20 bushfires will be a particular focus over the next five years.

For more information about integrated catchment management programs in the Gippsland region, refer to the West Gippsland and East Gippsland regional catchment strategies and regional waterway strategies.

Risk management

During the development of the seasonal watering proposals for the Latrobe, Thomson and Macalister systems, environmental watering program partners assessed risks associated with the potential delivery of water for the environment in 2022-23 and identified appropriate mitigating strategies. Risks and mitigating actions are continually assessed by program partners throughout the year (see subsection 1.3.6).

In the Snowy system, when weather conditions increase the risk of flooding, the New South Wales Department of Planning, Industry and Environment works with the Bureau of Meteorology, East Gippsland CMA, New South Wales State Emergency Service and the VEWH to inform the community about the management of planned releases. Releases may be cancelled or rescheduled to limit flood impacts on private land.

Stories

Stories of success and reflections on past environmental watering activities and results
  • Adult Australian grayling from Thomson River, by Arthur Rylah Institute

    Case study: Giving threatened fish a brighter future

    Environmental watering over the last five years has initiated migration of the threatened Australian grayling to spawn in the lower Thomson River.

  • Lynton Hill on a tour of the Snowy River

    Better flows for the Snowy

    Watering the Snowy River aims to rehabilitate the river by moving sediment, establishing plants and boosting carbon.

  • Macalister River at Lanigans Bridge during low flows in winter, by Minna Tom

    Flushing waterholes in Macalister River

    Environmental watering in the Macalister River in 2015–16 provided habitat for plants and animals, including platypus.

  • Water testing, by David Stork, West Gippsland CMA

    First recorded Australian grayling breeding in Latrobe

    Watering in the Latrobe River in 2015–16 prompted first recorded breeding of Australian grayling.

  • Water sampling

    Testing breeding conditions for grayling

    Breeding conditions for the iconic Australian grayling in the Thomson River were tested in 2015–16.

  • Black Bream

    Rush control

    While the Latrobe River benefited from the delivery of autumn freshes - watering that exceeds the base flow, lasting for one or several days - in 2014–15, the lower Latrobe wetlands continued an all-important drying regime.

  • Helping Bass

    During 2014–15, 155,308 ML of water was delivered to Gippsland’s Snowy River, while an important project continued to investigate the relationship between environmental water and Australian bass populations.

  • Macalister River downstream glenmaggie

    Targeting migratory fish

    Work on a new environmental water management plan for the Macalister River began in 2014–15 as environmental water continued to target native migratory fish species, including the iconic and threatened Australian grayling.

  • Grayling

    Watering vulnerable grayling

    The Australian grayling – one of Victoria’s threatened fish species – continued to prosper in Gippsland’s Thomson River as a direct response to environmental watering in 2014–15.

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