Current activities

Channel filling operations

(Tuesday 1 August 2017)

Murray Irrigation has commenced channel filling at both the Mulwala and Wakool Canal offtakes. The company will be conducting a modified filling procedure to allow for the completion of Private Irrigation Infrastructure Operators Program (PIIOP) Winter Works. This will mean a longer filling period than normal. If customer demand were to increase, or supplementary water access was announced, Murray Irrigation would be in a good position to accelerate channel filling.

Provide notice for water orders

(Tuesday 1 August 2017)

Customers should indicate their intentions for diverting irrigation water by placing orders in the Water ordering system with as much advance notice as possible. Alternatively, customers can contact Customer Support on T. 1300 138 265 to discuss their requirements.

Allocation update

(Monday 17 July 2017)

DPI Water has announced an increase of two percent to NSW Murray general security allocations, bringing the total allocation to 13 percent.

Today's announcement also includes an allocation outlook.

To view the announcement, click here.

Removal of Rice Growing Rules

(Tuesday 11 July 2017)

Murray Irrigation has removed its Rice Growing Rules for this season in response to customer feedback. The company has undertaken to work with the Ricegrowers' Association of Australia (RGA) to develop guidelines that encourage sustainable rice production. Those guidelines are expected to be released in September 2017. Murray Irrigation will also remove the $220 Rice Growing Administration fee. Reference to the fee will be removed from the Fees and Prices Schedule (Annexure A) at a later date.

Water Exchange open

(Monday 3 July 2017)

The Murray Irrigation Water Exchange re-opened on Monday 3 July. External and internal annual transfers have also commenced.

Water Exchange and annual transfer forms have been changed following a revision aimed at simplifying the process for customers. New forms are available here. For more information or assistance, contact Customer Support on T. 1300 138 265 or E. wex@murrayirrigation.com.au.

Resource distribution announcement

(Monday 3 July 2017)

Murray Irrigation will kick off the new irrigation season on a positive note, announcing a water resource distribution of three percent allocation (to be issued against delivery entitlements).
To view the full announcement, click here

Customer feedback results

(Monday 26 June 2017)

Following the customer feedback groups held earlier this year, Murray Irrigation received constructive and considered feedback from across the footprint. As Management and the Board work through issues raised, there were some clear messages that could be actioned immediately. There are other issues that we now have a better understanding of what our customers want which forms the baseline for further work. 

Murray Irrigation will be presenting the feedback to customers between Monday 19 June and Friday 30 June 2017. 

To view the results, click here (4.6MB).

For more information, contact Customer Support on T. 1300 138 265.

Socio-economic study

(Tuesday 20 June 2017)

Members of the Murray Group travelled to Canberra on Wednesday 14 June to launch stage one of a socio-economic study into the impact of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan on the NSW Murray Valley (prepared by RM Consulting Group). Senators David Leyonhjlem and Malcolm Roberts joined the Murray Group for a press conference at Parliament House to launch the study.

To view the study, click here.

2017/18 Fees and Prices

(Tuesday 20 June 2017)

Murray Irrigation's Fees and Prices Schedule and Information Statement have been sent to all customers. The fees and prices are effective from 1 July. These documents are also available here.

Water delivery charges will remain unchanged at current levels, while a 15 percent increase will be applied to the fixed asset component of fees incorporating the AMRR portion of the DE fee and the outlet fee.

For more information, contact Customer Support on T. 1300 138 265.

June Landholder update from the Board

(Tuesday 23 May 2017)

Following a meeting of the Murray Irrigation Board of Directors on Thursday 15 June, the Board distributed a landholder update on Friday 16 June. The update is available here.

May Landholder update from the Board

(Tuesday 23 May 2017)

Following a meeting of the Murray Irrigation Board of Directors on Thursday 18 May, the Board distributed a landholder update on Friday 19 May. The update is available here.

Independent Director to step down

(Thursday 18 May 2017)

Murray Irrigation Chairman, Bruce Simpson, announced on Thursday 18 May that independent Director, the Honourable Dr Sharman Stone, had tendered her resignation from the Board.

For full details, click here.

Leadership change to Board

(Thursday 11 May 2017)

Murray Irrigation announced on Thursday 11 May the stepping down of its Chair, Mr Mark Robertson, and the unanimous appointment by the Board of Mr Bruce Simpson, as its new Chair.

For full details, click here.

Environment Policy implementation

(Tuesday 14 March)

Murray Irrigation's Environment Policy outlines the calculation of the maximum rice water usage figure and any climatic adjustment of the total farm water use limit.

The final maximum rice water usage figures for 2016/17 are:

  • 13.4ML/ha for E, Q and M landholdings;
  • 15.6 ML/ha for D, T and W landholdings.

The maximum rice water use is lower than the average as the evapotranspiration over the 2016/17 rice growing season was 27 percent lower than average in the east, and 17 percent lower than the average in the west. The calculations of the individual rice water use for each landholding will be completed by early April.

There will be no increase in the total farm water use limit for 2016/17 as the evapotranspiration levels were significantly lower than average for the 2016/17 irrigation season.

For further information, please contact Customer Support on T. 1300 138 265.