Overview

The Victorian Government has prepared a draft Water Resource Plan for the Wimmera-Mallee as part of our implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

The draft plan outlines how we are meeting our Basin Plan requirements for the region, including an explanation of the region’s water resources, and our existing water management framework.

The Victorian Government is seeking community input and feedback to inform the final Wimmera-Mallee Water Resource Plan. Your views and ideas are important and the Government welcomes input from anyone with an interest in water resource management in the Wimmera-Mallee region.

Map of the Wimmera-Mallee Region. Map includes Surface and groundwater resource plan area, recreational lakes, environmental water asstes, main storages and reservoirs, parks and reserves, major roads and the silo art trail.

Figure 1. Wimmera-Mallee Water Resource Plan

Water for the environment

Water resource plans are required to demonstrate, among other things, how States will comply with reduced limits on how much water can be taken from rivers, other surface water sources and groundwater, and how it will be used for towns, agriculture and industry. The 2012 Basin Plan set a new limit on how much water could be taken across the Basin. States need to meet their new water targets by 2019.

Our core Basin Plan obligation in the Wimmera-Mallee has already been met through the recovery of an annual average 23 GL of surface water for the environment . This water came from the closure of the Wimmera Irrigation District and represents the entire recovery target in the Basin Plan for the Wimmera-Mallee Water Resource Plan area. The 28 GL of Wimmera irrigator entitlements (including losses) were bought by the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder, for use in the Wimmera-Mallee region when an allocation is available.

Learn more about Water for the environment and in Chapter 15 in the Document Library.

How water is managed and shared in the Wimmera-Mallee

Victoria believes our existing water management framework and policy largely meets the remaining Basin Plan requirements for the Wimmera-Mallee.

The draft Water Resource Plan sets out how we meet our Basin Plan requirements under our existing instruments and tools.

Learn more Water resource planning in the Wimmera-Mallee.

The Victorian Government is working with Traditional Owners and Aboriginal communities to deliver the Aboriginal water commitments outlined Government's water plan, Water for Victoria.

Further information about this topic is available under Chapter 9 of the draft water resource plan. Feedback to the document will help ensure the final comprehensive report reflects the voices of Traditional Owners and Aboriginal communities in the Wimmera-Mallee, and explores how Aboriginal water may interact with other water management areas.

Learn more about Aboriginal water objectives and outcomes.

Community information sessions

Community information sessions were held in Horsham and St Arnaud to talk through the draft Water Resource Plan in June. Meetings are continuing with interested stakeholders throughout the development of the final Water Resource Plan.

Submissions

The draft Comprehensive Report was open for public consultation until 18 August 2017, submissions received will be published online later in the year. The draft Wimmera-Mallee Water Resource Plan will be revised to address submissions and feedback received by community and stakeholders, and is expected to be finalised by December 2017.

Email us on WRPTeam@delwp.vic.gov.au or phone the Water Resource Plan team on 9637 9426 to receive updates, or to find out more information.