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Commonwealth environmental water holdings

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The following table provides details of the Commonwealth environmental water holdings.
 

Holdings at 31 March 2014 *
River System Security Registered
entitlements 1,2,3,4(ML)
Long Term Average Annual Yield (ML)5
Queensland
Border Rivers High - -
Medium 12,159 4,126
Unsupplemented 4,474 1,843
Condamine Balonne Unsupplemented 57,343 40,218
Moonie Unsupplemented 1,415 1,100
Nebine Unsupplemented 5,920 1,000
Warrego Unsupplemented 16,050 8,000
Total QLD High - -
Medium 12,159 4,126
Unsupplemented 85,202 52,161
New South Wales
Barwon-Darling Unregulated 22,275 22,275
Border Rivers High - -
General 420 168
Gwydir High 375 375
General 89,525 32,229
Supplementary 19,100 3,629
Lachlan High 933 933
General 86,923 36,508
Lower Darling High 397 333
General 795 644
Macquarie/Cudgegong High - -
General 121,891 51,194
Supplementary 6,292 1,321
Murray High 12,203 11,593
General 326,734 264,654
Conveyance 1,860 1,458
Supplementary 211 155
Groundwater 1,244 1,244
Unregulated 276 218
Murrumbidgee High 5,125 4,868
General 205,618 131,595
Conveyance 11,056 10,503
Supplementary 20,820 2,915
Groundwater 29 29
Unregulated 164 110
Namoi (upper) High - -
General 105 81
Namoi (lower) High - -
General 6,866 5,287
Peel General 889 230
Warrego Unregulated 17,826 17,826
Total NSW High 19,032 18,102
General 839,766 522,591
Conveyance 12,916 11,961
Supplementary 46,423 8,020
Unregulated 40,541 40,429
Groundwater 1,273 1,273
Victoria
Broken High 117 111
Low 4 3
Campaspe High 6,547 6,219
Low 395 194
Goulburn High 212,860 202,090
Low 15,795 6,252
Loddon High 2,775 2,636
Low 527 142
Murray High 261,308 248,376
Low 15,121 4,744
Ovens High 70 67
Wimmera-Mallee High 28,000 22,568
Total Victoria High

511,676

482,066
Low 31,843 11,335
South Australia
Murray High 110,050 99,045
Total SA High 110,050 99,045
Total Murray-Darling Basin
  High 640,759 599,213
  General/Medium/Low 883,768 538,052
  Conveyance 12,912 11,961
  Supplementary 46,423 8,020
  Unsupplemented/Unregulated4 125,743 92,590
  Groundwater 1,273 1,273
GRAND TOTAL   1,710,882 1,251,109
 
Southern Connected Basin6
  High 611,234 575,132
  General/Low 564,986 408,226
  Conveyance 12,916 11,961
  Supplementary 21,031 3,070
TOTAL   1,210,167 998,389
Non-Southern Connected Basin
  High 29,525 24,081
  General/Medium/Low 318,782 129,826
  Supplementary 25,392 4,950
  Unregulated/Unsupplemented4 125,743 92,590
  Groundwater 1,273 1,273
TOTAL   500,715 252,720
*All figures are rounded to the nearest megalitre (ML)

Notes:

  1. Formal transfer of ownership to the Commonwealth takes place on registration of the entitlement by the relevant State water authority. The entitlement becomes part of the Commonwealth environmental water holdings at that time.
  2. Registration can occur a number of months after the exchange of contract, so the amount in the holdings differs from the volume of entitlements secured under contract through the Restoring the Balance in the Murray-Darling Basin program and the Sustainable Rural Water Use and Infrastructure program.
  3. Allocations of water against entitlements held in regulated systems are made periodically and will depend on factors including seasonal inflows and rules associated with water held in storages.
  4. Unsupplemented and unregulated entitlement figures represent the annual volumetric limit of water that may be available when licence conditions are met. Where the licence conditions specify the annual volumetric limit as a maximum volume of water that may be accessed in a multi-year period, the entitlement volume reported reflects the average annual volumetric limit available.
  5. All average annual yield figures in this table are calculated using the Department of the Environment estimates of the long term average annual yield for each entitlement. It was advised in the Murray-Darling Basin Ministers' Communiqué of 4 November 2011 that these would be used to determine how much of the 'gap' between the Baseline Diversion Limit (BDL) and the Sustainable Diversion Limits (SDL) has been 'bridged' through purchase and infrastructure projects.
  6. Southern Connected Basin entitlements include Murrumbidgee, Murray, Lower Darling, Goulburn, Campaspe (excluding Coliban) and Loddon titles.