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As outlined in the Gippsland Region Sustainable Water Strategy (SWS), a volume of 2,500 megalitres of water has been put aside for allocation on the Tarwin River and tributaries.

This water is now to be allocated, but only on a winterfill basis, i.e. water can only be harvested from the Tarwin River and tributaries from 1 July to 31 October in any one year.  This may require prospective licence holders to construct off-stream dams to store this water for use in drier months.

It is SRW’s intention that this water be allocated permanently through an application process or by an auction or tender process, dependent on levels of interest shown.

To allocate this water SRW is calling for applications from people looking for permanent winterfill ‘take and use’ licences from the Tarwin River Basin. At this stage SRW is not seeking application fees.

Proponents need to be land holders and have direct access to the Tarwin River or its tributaries for pumping purposes. To assess the availability of the resource in individual tributaries, Sustainable Diversion Limits assessments will apply.

Application for this water should be clearly marked ‘Tarwin River Initiative’ and be sent to: Southern Rural Water, P.O. Box 153, MAFFRA Vic 3860, to be received by 5 October 2018.

Tarwin Frequently Asked Questions

To obtain a Tarwin Application and for general enquiries please contact Southern Rural Water on 1300 139 510 or