Goulburn-Murray Rural Water Corporation [trading as Goulburn-Murray Water (G-MW or the Corporation)] is a statutory Corporation constituted by Ministerial order under the provisions of the Water Act 1989 (the Act). The Hon Peter Walsh, MLA, Minister for Water, is the responsible minister (the Minister). The Corporation is the Resource Manager for northern Victorian water systems.
G-MW has functions and powers under the Act to provide, manage and operate an irrigation district (section 221), a water district (section 163) and a waterway management district (section 189).
G-MW manages water-related services in a region of 68,000 square kilometres, bordered by the Great Dividing Range in the south and the River Murray in the north and stretching from Corryong in the east downriver to Nyah. G-MW also operates salinity mitigation works on the Murray downstream of Nyah, manages Mildura Weir, delivers bulk water to supply points outside its region and is the Victorian Constructing Authority for the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA).
G-MW is the Victorian Resource Manager appointed by the Minister for Water and has been given responsibility for making the seasonal determination for all Victorian Murray entitlement holders. In this role G-MW works closely with the MDBA. The MDBA determines the volumes of water available and makes bulk water allocation to each of the Murray system states in accordance with the interstate sharing arrangements in the Murray-Darling Basin Agreement and also subject to the modifications agreed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG).
G-MW is the Minister's delegate for a range of functions including water share and allocation trading, water use licensing, works licensing and take and use licensing from unregulated streams and groundwater.
G-MW is a partner in the Victorian Water Register; which is used to manage water entitlements and trade.
The following table details G-MW's customer segments as at 30 June 2011 and 2012.
For more information about G-MW, please refer to our 2011/12 Annual Report
Our Strategy, Purpose and Strategic Priorities
The appointment of a new Board of Directors and Managing Director in 2011 and the significant changes in the environment in which G-MW operated over the last year, has driven the need to revise the strategy.
Our Strategy: To be respected by our customers and shareholder for managing water sustainably, delivering water efficiently, and building a modernised fit for purpose system.
The following three strategic priorities have been the key focus areas of the business over the last year to realise our strategy:
- Delivering a lean and reliable price pathway allowing customers to make informed investment and lifestyle decisions with certainty.
- Contributing to a viable future for the rural communities of Northern Victoria through delivering a new, modernised, fit for purpose irrigation network by 2019.
- Transforming G-MW to ensure it is an efficient business, delivering on what's important to our customers and shareholder.
While 2011/12 was a year of challenges, it also marked the start of the journey to transform G-MW with a key focus on becoming a customer-centric organisation committed to delivering for our customers and communities.
Statement of Obligations
Click here to download a copy of the G-MW Water Industry Act 1994 - Statement of Obligations