The next release of seasonal trade opportunity from the Goulburn to the Murray system is 10.00 am 17 October 2022.

It is estimated that approximately 13 - 14 GL of Goulburn to Murray trade opportunity will become available at this time.

The Goulburn to Murray trade rule applies to allocation trade from the Goulburn, Loddon, Campaspe and Broken systems to the Victorian Murray and interstate.

The volume of trade opportunity released on 17 October is based on:

  • observed water use in the Torrumbarry Irrigation Area from 1 July 2022 to 30 September 2022 relative to the long-term historic average water use from 1 July to 30 November.
  • any reduction in the Goulburn reserves, due to spill, that were quarantined at the start of the water year.

Torrumbarry Irrigation Area water use up to 30 September 2022 is around 9.8 GL, which is 11% of the long-term average up to 30 November. These are indicative volumes based on the best available data to date. The trade opportunity on 17 October 2022 may differ slightly from these estimates.

Find out more about how Goulburn to Murray trade opportunity is calculated here.

The Goulburn to Murray trade opportunity is highly competitive – to manage expected demand for the 17 October 2022 opening, there will be some changes to how allocation trade applications are processed.

The key change is that, on 17 October 2022, allocation trade applications will not be processed and approved/refused automatically; instead, all allocation trade applications will be processed manually by each relevant water corporation.
For further information on these changes see this news item.

The Victorian Government is committed to ensuring all market participants can access trade opportunities. The Goulburn to Murray trade opportunity is highly competitive and additional load is placed on our systems at these times.

These changes are necessary to help manage this load and provide the high level of service our customers need.

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