The final balances of water remaining in the Gwydir Valley have been confirmed in the February resource assessment with remaining water for
critical needs the majority of water stored in Copeton Dam, along with the last of general security (2,000ML) and environmental holdings
(69,000ML). Environmental water is likely to be used for drought management strategies.
GVIA Executive Officer, recently made a statement to the Moree Champion regarding the release of two independent reports into the fish kills
at Menindee Lakes saying that the continued focus on a number or volume to be recovered for the environment, from irrigation [for the
Murray Darling Basin Plan], has meant that the outcomes to be achieved and how it would be used, are not well understood.
Photo: Dead fish in the Barwon River in 1958, before irrigation.
Water NSW have issued a blue-green algal alert for Copeton Dam, which is at 12% capacity and holding critical water supplies and
environmental holdings only. Water quality issues like this will continue to be an issue in the dam and the regions rivers and creeks
until fresh inflows occur.
Total inflows into the Copeton this year have been at our lowest historical records. Capacity would need to increase by at least 5%
before consideration of any additional supplies other than the valleys critical water needs.
Today is Women and Girls in Science day and we thought we would celebrate the great work of our team! Lou (L) who has a Bachelor of AgSci
from UNE and Masters in Business is representing the GVIA and the CGA at UNE GRASS Industry Placement celebrations having co-hosted a high
school student earlier this year, also a budding female scientist. Zara (R) who has Hons in LWSci from Sydney Uni, is monitoring water
usage across the valley and fulling out key facts and developing policies on water measurement. That is just today's snippet of what they
are doing but it's exciting to see where science can take you! Lou and Zara work with a great group of men and women at the GVIA to help
ensure our work is well researched and well communicated. To find out more of what they do and the GVIA, visit our website.
There were over 140 attendees to the siphon-less irrigation field day held at Deer Park on Wednesday 6th February. Thank You to the
Cush Family for hosting the event and to all our supporters and presenters.
The NSW Government are hosting drought water availability outlook drop in sessions, tomorrow at the Max Centre Moree from 2pm (after the
Siphon-less irrigation field day in the morning). Drop in and ask questions about water availability in the region, the GVIA will
also be there. Sessions are around the state.
The South Australian Royal Commission's report into the Murray Darling Basin Plan has been released and is now available via their website. The
MDBA have provided a response via https://www.mdba.gov.au/media/mr/mdba-response-south-australian-royal-commission-final-report. There
are many recommendations which will take time to review and with headings like the 'triple bottom line myth' this report will get much
media attention, particularly with the upcoming elections.
Water availability in the region has been updated following recent resource assessments outlining a 32,000ML shortfall that will need to be
topped up before an allocation is available. There is less than 8,000ML available in general security accounts and groundwater will
be relied on heavily for the remainder of the season. Groundwater users are encouraged to provide updated meter readings via iWAS to
allow for monitoring of valley usage.
Wednesday 6th February 2019 at Deer Park, Combadello Rd, Moree
Join us for the 2019 GVIA field day Siphon-less Irrigation where you can learn first hand from growers and designers who have made the
change to bankless or siphon-less irrigation.
It is being held on Wednesday the 6th February 2019 at Deer Park. Buses will leave from the Moree Racecourse at 7:30am returning at
The Gwydir Alluvium WRP covers groundwater within the main alluvial deposits associated with the Gwydir River from approximately 20 kilometres downstream of Copeton Dam, continuing north-west through Bingara to Biniguy through to approximately 45 kilometres west of Moree. The NSW Government is undertaking public consultation on this plan, which includes the Gwydir alluvium and Lower Gwydir Groundwater Water Sharing Plans. All groundwater and alluvium members are encouraged to attend one of the sessions; Moree 4th December, 10am-1pm at the Services Club and on the same day Bingara, 3pm-5pm at the Bingara Returned Services Club. Information on the water resource plan will be provided or can be reviewed from the Department's website. The GVIA will be making a submission by the due date, 14th December 2018.
Essential to the release of floodplain harvesting licences (scheduled for late 2019), is the development of a monitoring and auditing strategy. The strategy will apply to those landholders who are eligible to receive a floodplain harvesting access licence under the Floodplain Harvesting Policy and will form part of their respective license conditions. To ensure the final strategy is practical, robust and can be implemented effectively, feedback is sought from stakeholders and the community. You can have your say by making a written submission or coming to a public information session in Moree on Monday 3rd December, 10:30am - 12pm at the Max Function & Conference Centre. RSVP to email@example.com.
The Gwydir Valley Irrigators Association (GVIA) is hosting an Innovation in Irrigation: Water Measurement and Metering Field Day on Thursday 29th November 2018 at “Keytah” Moree. Executive Officer of the GVIA, Zara Lowien said...