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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 July 2014 *
River System Security Registered
entitlements 1,2,3,4(ML)
Long Term Average Annual Yield (ML)5
Queensland
Border Rivers High - -
Medium 13,795 4,666
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 13,795 4,666
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 122,093 51,279
Supplementary 6,292 1,321
Murray High 15,123 14,367
General 326,883 264,775
Conveyance 1,860 1,458
Supplementary 211 155
Groundwater 1,244 1,244
Unregulated 276 218
Murrumbidgee High 5,275 5,011
General 212,243 135,835
Conveyance 14,983 14,234
Supplementary 20,820 2,915
Supplementary (Lowbidgee) 381,000 172,974
Groundwater 29 29
Unregulated 164 110
Namoi (upper) High - -
General 105 81
Namoi (lower) High - -
General 6,866 5,287
Peel General 1,126 292
Warrego Unregulated 17,826 17,826
Total NSW High 22,102 21,028
General 846,979 527,098
Conveyance 16,843 15,692
Supplementary 427,423 180,994
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 242,690 230,150
Low 22,379 9,462
Loddon High 2,870 2,726
Low 527 142
Murray High c 285,480 271,474
Low 20,117 7,337
Ovens High 70 67
Wimmera-Mallee Bulk Entitlement 28,000 22,568
Total Victoria High

537,773

510,746
Bulk Entitlement 28,000 22,568
Low 43,423 17,138
South Australia
Murray High 119,063 107,156
Total SA High 119,063 107,156
Total Murray-Darling Basin
  High 678,938 638,921
  General/Medium/Low 904,197 548,901
  Conveyance 16,843 15,692
  Bulk Entitlement 28,000 22,568
  Supplementary 427,423 180,994
  Unsupplemented/Unregulated4 125,743 92,590
  Groundwater 1,273 1,273
GRAND TOTAL   2,182,417 1,500,939
 
Southern Connected Basin6
  High 677,413 637,408
  General/Low 583,340 418,389
  Conveyance 16,843 15,692
  Supplementary 21,031 3,070
TOTAL   1,298,627 1,074,559
Non-Southern Connected Basin
  High 1,525 1,513
  General/Medium/Low 320,857 130,512
  Bulk Entitlement 28,000 22,568
  Supplementary 406,392 177,924
  Unregulated/Unsupplemented4 125,743 92,590
  Groundwater 1,273 1,273
TOTAL   883,790 426,380
*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.