Calling for input to map out the future of the Broken System

Monday 12 February, 2024

Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) is encouraging people to get online and share their experiences and perspectives on the Broken System.

In late 2023, community members were invited to attend a series of drop-in sessions to learn about Broken System Reconfiguration Study and find out how they can contribute.

The study seeks to address issues surrounding the sustainability of the Broken System by considering changes to the system’s configuration that can better meet the long-term needs and aspirations of entitlement holders and other key stakeholders.

GMW Water Delivery Services general manager Warren Blyth said the recent drop-in sessions had provided GMW with some useful insights into the system and the different groups it services.

“The drop-in sessions were well attended and included representation from a range of stakeholders, including local horticulturalist, seasonal croppers, graziers, hobby farmers, ecologists, and stock and domestic syndicate members,” he said.

“The feedback we received was invaluable and will help steer the options explored for the reconfiguration of the system. We are very grateful to everyone who took the time to attend the sessions and provide input.

“We now want to collect some more specific information, and also ensure those who might not have been able to attend the sessions can still share their thoughts.”

To do this, GMW has developed a virtual map of the Broken System where people can provide insights into certain parts of the system. The map allows users to drop a pin with their comment at different locations in the system to share their thoughts.

The information provided through this map will also be used to guide the Broken Reconfiguration Feasibility Study.

Draft reconfiguration options will be analysed to understand the socio-economic and other benefits they could provide. Draft options will then be tested with stakeholders and the community over the coming months to help determine the preferred approach.

People can share their insights using the virtual map by visiting GMW’s YourSay website. The website also has a recording of the presentation given at the sessions for those who missed out:


  • The Broken system encompasses an area of over 7000 square kilometres. It includes the section of the Broken River between Lake Nillahcootie and the Goulburn River, as well as part of the Upper Broken Creek.
  • Concerns about the long-term sustainability of the system were identified as part of the Broken System Review in 2020-22, which led to the establishment of a Broken Reconfiguration Feasibility Study.
  • To support the feasibility study, GMW established a consultative committee, which includes seven community representatives.
  • More information about the committee and the study more broadly can be found on GMW’s YourSay website: