The Delivery Share Review began in 2017 with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) working closely with Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW), Lower Murray Water (LMW) and other key stakeholders to support irrigation communities and districts as they adjust to rapid, continuing changes in land and water use.
It has been over 10 years since unbundling reforms separated water from land in Victoria and delivery shares were introduced, giving rights to irrigators to access water delivery infrastructure. The review has looked at how delivery shares have performed and explores options to address community concerns with current arrangements, improve functionality and performance, and provide more value to people who hold delivery share.
Following consultation with stakeholders and customers, specific outcomes and actions have been proposed for LMW and GMW customers to address the unique concerns expressed by irrigators in each region. Shared actions are also set out that improve the clarity and transparency of delivery share arrangements across northern Victoria.
Delivery Share Trades
Outcome 1 and its associated actions for the Goulburn-Murray Irrigation Districts (GMID) is to help irrigators adjust delivery shares to better signal infrastructure requirements.
GMW has worked with a pre-existing free online service, Watermatch. Watermatch has been designed to help people trade water – and now it has been updated to include delivery shares within the GMID.
Now, if customers have identified they have delivery shares no longer required, rather than having to terminate their delivery shares at a cost, customers are now able to express interest in buying or selling delivery shares through Watermatch.
For more information on the Delivery Share Review and actions being undertaken, go to the Engage Victoria website.