The Murray River level should remain high enough for recreational users in northern Victoria over Easter.
The Murray Darling Association (MDA), the nation’s peak representative body for local government and communities across the Murray-Darling Basin, has secured an assurance from the Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) that flows in the River Murray downstream of Yarrawonga Weir over the Easter period will remain at about 8000 Ml per day, maintaining a river height that has been fairly constant since January this year.
Flows released to meet irrigation demand will be augmented by a component of environmental water from the “River Murray Increased Flow” account, a water account established as part of the process to corporatize Snowy Hydro Ltd.
In confirming that flows over Easter will be maintained at a rate consistent with what it has been for most of this year, MDBA’s Executive Director of River Management David Dreverman said: “The MDBA has no water that can be released only for recreation and tourism purposes. However, the particular circumstances this year should ensure that flows are adequate for most recreation and tourism purposes.”
The announcement comes after the MDA’s National President Cr David Thurley wrote to both the Murray Darling Basin Authority and the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder (CEWH), seeking a tripartite meeting to explore integrated management strategies of basin water resources to optimize economic, social and environmental outcomes.