Local producers and communities in the Macquarie Valley will further benefit as a result of the latest increase to general security allocations, in the Macquarie and Cudgegong rivers, announced by DPI Water today.
The announcement is the third consecutive increase to allocations for the new water year which began on 1 July. DPI Water initially announced an allocation of 11% at the beginning of July, which was revised to 21% just a week later, due to the significant rainfall the region received in the last week of June.
“Today’s 77% allocation is fantastic news for the Valley’s producers and the local communities” said MRFF Executive Officer Grant Buckley.
“The water made available as a result of today’s announcement will contribute over $220 million to the region’s economy and give people a level of confidence that we haven’t seen for a few years” Mr Buckley said.
Burrendong Dam’s storage has increased to 70% since 1 June when storage was at a low of 10.7%. This represents an increase of over 690,000ML and with the Bureau of Meteorology continuing to predict above average rainfall in the coming months further increases are likely.
“The significant rainfall over the past couple of months has made it difficult for farmers to get into their paddocks, and some crop sections have been lost, but by and large the positives outweigh the negatives” Mr Buckley said.
The 77% allocation will be combined with any water carried over from previous years and help irrigators make decisions on their future cropping programs.
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