Irrigators' Share Distribution Project

At census date 1 October 2021, if you hold delivery share within any of the six areas of the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District (GMID) and contribute to the cost of operating and maintaining the GMID by paying the common Infrastructure Access Fee (IAF), you are eligible to receive a benefit from water recovered by the Connections Project - the irrigators’ share.

As an eligible GMID delivery share holder, it’s important you know what to expect from the distribution and what action to take.

$300 million worth of benefits will be distributed back to customers as a once-off distribution, in proportion to the amount of delivery share held.

  • Customers with 0.25 ML/day or more of delivery share will be issued with water shares in October 2021 along with any water allocations which would have accrued against these entitlements since July 2021.
  • Customers with less than 0.25 ML/day of delivery share will see financial benefits equivalent to the value of water shares as a credit on their GMW fixed charges bill in July 2022.

If you hold 0.25 ML/day or more of delivery share, check how much you are likely to receive in water shares by using the Irrigators’ Share Distribution calculator to work out your approximate estimate.

What do you need to do before census date?

Before census date, scheduled for 12:01 am on 1 October 2021, make sure you:

  1. Check your delivery share records – Make sure your details are accurate as water shares can only be issued when the names of the delivery share holders recorded in the Victorian Water Register are exactly the same as the landowners recorded in the land titles system
  2. Consider your options - You may wish to check or combine your delivery shares. You can find quantities listed on your 2020/21 fixed charges account under the Infrastructure Access Fee (IAF) total.
  3. Contact GMW - Contact GMW if you wish to update your billing address, or discuss your Delivery Share Entity/Land Ownership, Allocation Account or Water Use Licence ownership.
  4. Reminder - Customer applications need to be submitted to GMW by 17 September 2021 to enable GMW to have all systems details up to date in time for the Census date (12:01am, 1 October 2021).

It’s also important to consider the distribution of the irrigators share in any decisions made around managing delivery share, or when buying or selling land in the GMID that has delivery share.

For more information, email or phone the GMW Customer Experience Team on 1800 013 357.

Application for Water Shares

In early September 2021, customers eligible to be issued water shares as part of the Irrigators’ Share Distribution received a letter from GMW outlining the process to enable a water share application/s to be prepared and lodged on their behalf.

The application for water shares relating to customers’ shares of the water recovered will be automatically lodged on customers’ behalf. There will be no cost to customers, and this process is considered the most efficient way of delivering a large number of water shares to eligible customers.

If you would like additional information to be considered in the application for a water share being prepared on your behalf or you have any questions regarding the process, please contact the project team via email  or phone 1800 013 357.

For more information, download the Application for Water Shares fact sheet.

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