Wimmera River diverters (below Glenorchy weir)
The trigger which permits Wimmera River surface water licence holders below Glenorchy Weir to access to access 100% of their licence volume was met in late July 2023. As of 1 August 2023, Wimmera River surface water licence holders below Glenorchy Weir are permitted access up to 100% of their irrigation or commercial licence volume during 2023-24 year.
Wimmera River trigger rules
Licenced irrigators may take 50% of their licenced volume through an approved meter when: A minimum of 8,000 ML has flowed through the Glenorchy gauging station between May and August of the calendar year.
Licenced irrigators may take 100% of their licenced volume through an approved meter when: a minimum of 10,000 ML has flowed through the Glenorchy gauging station at any time during the calendar year.
Avoca River diverters (below Charlton weir)
The trigger which allows Avoca River surface water licence holders downstream of Charlton Weir to access water under their irrigation or commercial licence during 2023-24 year was deemed to have been satisfied on 6 July 2023. Avoca River surface water licence holders below Charlton Weir are now permitted to extract water for irrigation or commercial uses during 2023-24 year, where river flows allow.
Avoca River trigger rules
The rules to determine if a 'take and use' allocation can be allowed are:
A flow rate of at least 100 ML/day must be recorded at the Quambatook South flow gauge, and river flow must have reached Lake Bael Bael, before water can be extracted for irrigation or commercial purposes. Once water has reached Lake Bael Bael and there is adequate flow in the river to allow irrigation, diversions can commence.
Depending where you’re located in our region, you may be eligible to apply to harvest and use surface rainfall runoff, including from streams, rivers, creeks and catchment dams.