Lower Ovens GMA

News & Announcements

News Updates

The Lower Ovens GMA annual newsletter 2016/17 is now available.

The Lower Ovens GMA annual report 2016 is now available.

The allocation for Lower Ovens GMA is 100% on 1 July 2016.  

The Lower Ovens GMA Local Management Plan became effective 1 July 2012.

Facts & Stats

Area: 5,500km2

PCV: 25,200 ML

Zone Number: 1080, 1081, 1082 & 1083


The Lower Ovens Groundwater Management Area (GMA) covers the Ovens catchment downstream of Myrtleford. This includes the upper reaches of the King and Buffalo rivers and extends north along the floodplain toward the River Murray and includes the towns of Moyhu, Beechworth, Wangaratta and Yarrawonga.

Lower Ovens River Road Bridge

River Road Bridge over Ovens River, Tarrawingee

Local Management Plan

The Lower Ovens GMA Local Management Plan was released on the 20 August 2012. The Plan aims to ensure that the local groundwater resources are managed in an equitable and sustainable manner. The Plan also takes into account the connectivity between groundwater and surface water resources and the benefit that groundwater provides to rural and urban communities during times of water shortage.

The Plan contains rules for trading entitlement and sets trigger levels which apply in times of water shortage.


Annual Reports

Ovens Valley Water Resource Appraisal - Stage A

  • Conceptual Model 
  • Numerical Model

Ovens Valley Water Resource Appraisal - Stage B

  • Model update   

Ovens Valley Water Resource Appraisal - Stage C

  • Management scenario modelling   


For further information or to obtain technical material relied upon for management arrangements, please contact the Groundwater and Streams section at GMW on 1800 013 357.