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Presentation overview Drivers leading to a future with less water Management of water resources in the MDB Water for the Future initiatives assisting with the transition Water market reform Investments in more efficient delivery and use Environmental water purchase program. River Health.

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Presentation overview

  • Drivers leading to a future with less water

  • Management of water resources in the MDB

  • Water for the Future initiatives assisting with the transition

    • Water market reform

    • Investments in more efficient delivery and use

    • Environmental water purchase program


River Health

Warrego

Good

Moderate

Poor

Condamine

Very Poor

Border Rivers

Paroo

Gwydir

Castlereagh

Namoi

Macquarie

Darling

Lachlan

Lower Murray

Murrumbidgee

Avoca

Murray Central

Upper Murray

Broken

Wimmera

Loddon

Kiewa

Campaspe

Ovens

Mitta Mitta

Goulburn


CSIRO (2008) Water Availability in the Murray-Darling Basin

Impact of climate change on average surface water availability




Commitment to improved water trading arrangements scenarios

  • Faster trade processing times

  • National Water Market System

  • Reforming trade barriers

  • Water market, charge and trading rules


  • Sustainable Rural Water Use and Infrastructure ($5.8b) scenarios

  • Restoring the Balance in the Basin ($3.1 billion)

  • National Urban Water and Desalination Plan ($1 billion)

  • Water Smart Australia ($937 million)

  • Driving Reform in the Basin (DEWHA and ACCC) ($646 million)

  • Improving Water Information (BOM) ($447 million)

  • National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns ($256 million)

  • National Rainwater and Greywater Initiatives ($250 million)

  • Raising National Water Standards (NWC) ($214 million)

  • Living Murray Initiative ($185 million)

  • Great Artesian Basin ($85 million)

  • Northern Australia Futures ($20 million)


Vic $1.103b scenarios

NSW PIIOP $650m

IMPA $5m

SA PIP $110m

SA $420M

Hot-spots $23m

On-Farm $300m

Strengthening Basin Communities $200m

QLD $160m

SA and QLD Water

Purchase (RtB)

$430m

NSW $708m

ACT $85m


Restoring the Balance in the Murray-Darling Basin (RtB) scenarios

Objective: to achieve a permanent re-balancing of the system, by purchasing water entitlements from willing sellers

  • $3.1 billion over 10 years

  • Environmental water recovery program focussed on purchasing water for high priority environmental needs



Lower Balonne No purchases – waiting for ROP to be finalised

Gwydir 18% of total purchases

92% of expenditure in high priority catchments

Macquarie 7% of total purchases

Southern Connected System 67%of total purchases

(NSW 25.6%)

(Vic 34.7%)

(SA 6.9%)


  • RtB has added depth to the water market – an additional selling option!

  • Use of sale proceeds- in descending order…..

    • Retire debt

    • Reinvest on-farm

    • Continue farming - invest off-farm

    • Exit farming

  • Also smooths the transition to new water sharing arrangements expected under Basin Plan


  • Change is inevitable! selling option!

  • The Water for the Future initiative is smoothing the path by pursuing:

    • Water market reforms

    • Better infrastructure

    • Purchasing environmental water


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