Water Auctions and Sales
Water auctions are becoming more common across Southern Rural Water and can be a good way to gain access to extra water either for production or security.
Where can I find recent water auction or sales results?
The results of past auctions and water sales conducted through Southern Rural Water, are published on our auction results page here
Latrobe River Blue Rock drought reserve online auction
As part of the Gippsland Sustainable Water Strategy, a volume of water in the Blue Rock Reservoir is put aside for temporary allocation under the drought reserve. This water is was made available in three auctions in early 2019 to licensed irrigators on the Latrobe River, downstream of Blue Rock Reservoir, for use to the end of 30 June 2019. The results are available on our water sales results page as above.
Opportunities to access water entitlement in the Southern Rural Water area
These are areas where the boundary of the groundwater system (or surface water system) has been defined and a cap has been placed on the level of entitlement. New entitlement is available where the current licence volume is lower than the cap. The preferred government policy is to release this water via a sales process, to ensure equity. This is usually preceded by an expression of interest process. Below (‘Water Sales Map 2018 19’) shows the location and volume of planned sales of groundwater and surface water entitlement for 2018-19.
Note that the proposed Moe GMU sales process will exclude the Shady Creek zone, which is in a restricted area. There are additional potential areas where future sales of entitlement may occur (after June 2019). Some of these areas are shown on the attached map ‘Future Potential Water Sales’.