Water

River Murray irrigators to get more timely information about opening allocations

26 September 2018

Peri Strathearn, The Murray Valley Standard
26 September 2018

For River Murray irrigators, one number underpins their crops, their businesses and their livelihoods: the one ending in a percentage sign announced in the lead-up to July 1 each year.

The opening water allocation decided upon by the state government determines how much irrigators will be able to take from the river each year, up to a maximum of 100 per cent of their entitlements.

In years gone by, the opening allocation would be announced on or around the first day of the financial year, giving irrigators no warning of a cut that could potentially destroy their businesses.

That practice came under heavy scrutiny in 2016, when a footnote in a Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources newsletter in February was the first warning of what turned out to be a 64pc allocation cut.

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