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Central Gippsland irrigation study

Southern Rural Water has conducted a preliminary study of opportunities for future expansion of irrigated agriculture in the Latrobe, Thomson, Macalister and Avon catchments in Central Gippsland.

This pre-feasibility study was supported by funding from the Australian Government National Water Infrastructure Development Fund, an initiative of the Northern Australia and Agricultural Competitiveness White Papers.

The aim of the study was to consider projects that may promote regional development and boost employment for the region in the future. It gathered information to determine whether there would be sufficient demand and economic viability for expansion.

Note that there is no funding to begin work on any projects supporting new irrigation areas at this stage.

Phase 1 of the project was completed in July 2017 and included desktop land capability and water resources assessments. These were used to select focus areas for further review.

Further assessment was undertaken through September to December 2017, including landholder consultation to understand potential demand, possible environmental risk and cultural heritage assessment and preliminary economic analysis.

Areas investigated include the east side of the Avon River; the area between Toongabbie and the Macalister Irrigation District; an area along the Latrobe River between Traralgon and Sale; and the Dutson area. Supply options considered included gravity pipelines or individuals pumping from groundwater or surface water supplies.

Some of the potential reported demand for water has come from vegetables, dairy and fodder cropping. Participants in the demand survey were generally very positive about the future of agriculture in the region.

Download the  Central Gippsland irrigation study factsheet

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WaterMatch - online trading

Watermatch is a free online service, designed to help people trade water.

Once you have registered, you can advertise to buy or sell water.

Depending on the water that you wish to trade, choose from the Groundwater, Surface Water (rivers and creeks) and Irrigation District forum.

Select a new topic to create your ad. Your ad can be to buy or sell water, and must describe the source of your water, quantity of water you want to buy or sell, how long you want to trade for and your contact details. If you are happy to put a buying or selling price, this can be included here too.

If you want to respond to an ad, you can use the email link or contact the advertiser direct.

It is an online trading forum, and can also be used by people who are not on the internet, with help from our staff.

Watermatch allows you to register your interest in either buying or selling water in southern Victoria.

  • the Macalister, Werribee and Bacchus Marsh Irrigation District
  • Groundwater systems in southern Victoria
  • Rivers and creek systems in southern Victoria (other than those managed by Melbourne Water around the Port Phillip region).

Who can use it?
Anyone can use watermatch. You may be an existing licence holder who wants to sell water, or buy more water.

You may not currently have a licence, but you want to buy water in the region.

How does it work?

  • click here to enter Watermatch
  • register as a user (a very simple process)
  • go to the system or district you are interested in and check current entries
  • add in any entry for any water you want to sell or buy

What information should I include in my ad?

  • If you are wanting to buy or sell
  • your name
  • phone number
  • name of river, creek, groundwater management area or irrigation district
  • how much water is to be traded
  • If the trade is temporary or permanent
  • term of the trade (Maximum term is 5 years)

Things you need to know
We are always looking for ways to improve our customer service. If you would like to provide feedack or suggested improvements please click here.

it's important to note that Southern Rural Water is not acting, and will not act, as a water broker.

We cannot advise you on price of water or match you individually with a buyer/seller.

Buyers and sellers still need to go through our normal application process.

Trading applications must be submitted to Southern Rural Water and approval granted before water is taken. A water transfer application form can be downloaded from our application page.

If you want to trade upstream, please speak with one of our Assessment Officers prior to submitting an application.

To check if a buyer or seller can trade with you, call us on 1300 139 510 and ask to speak to an Assessment Officer.

Not a water broker

It's important to note that Southern Rural Water is not acting, and will not act, as a water broker.

We cannot advise you on price of water or match you individually with a buyer/seller.

Buyers and sellers still need to go through our normal application process.

Click here to download our Fact Sheet

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