South Australian Murray River catchment - Restoring the Balance in the Murray-Darling Basin Program

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Map SA Murray catchment

South Australian Murray River catchment

State: South Australia

Water purchased from the South Australian Murray River catchment can be used to benefit environmental assets in this catchment and downstream.

 Major irrigation areas

  1. Langhorne Creek Irrigation Area
  2. Jervois Irrigation Area
  3. Riverland Irrigation Area

 Examples of high value environmental assets

  1. Coorong, and Lakes Alexandrina and Albert Wetland - Ramsar site
    Lower Lakes, Coorong and Murray Mouth - Living Murray Icon Site
  2. River Murray Channel - Living Murray Icon Site
  3. Banrock station wetland complex - Ramsar site
  4. Riverland - Ramsar site
    Chowilla Floodplain and Lindsay-Wallpolla Islands - Living Murray Icon Site

Australian Government water purchases in the SA Murray River catchment

Catchment Entitlement Type Secured Purchases (ML) Secured Entitlement Purchases - Long Term Average Annual Yield (ML) Other Purchases - Long Term Average Annual Yield (ML) (3) Average price paid per trade ($/ML)(2)
SA Murray SA High security 95,933 86,340   1,985

Refer to caveats on the 'Purchases Secured under the Restoring the Balance in the Murray-Darling Basin Program as at 28 February 2014' table on the 'Progress of water recovery under the Restoring the Balance in the Murray-Darling Basin program' page.

Where to obtain information on market prices

The South Australian government does not currently have a website of trades. Manual interrogation of transfer applications or the state register itself is required. General information may be available from the South Australian Department of Water, Land and Biodiversity Conservation.

Private water auction houses or brokers can also provide information on historical entitlement trades.

CSIRO Sustainable Yields Report