Irrigation

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Report

Beaufort recycled water scheme

Central Highlands Water (CHW) and the Pyrenees Shire Council (PSC) have assessed the feasibility of using recycled water from the Beaufort Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) to irrigate multiple community-based recreational assets. The purpose of this report is to undertake a high level assessment of the...
Report

Economic effects of water recovery in the Murray–Darling Basin

This publication provides an overview of the economic effects of water recovery on water prices and the irrigation sector in the southern Murray–Darling Basin. The analysis uses economic modelling to separate the effects of water recovery from seasonal variations in rainfall and water supply, along...
Discussion paper

A little more valuation, a little less redaction, please

In 2017, the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture and Water Resources paid almost $80 million for water rights in the Condamine-Balonne valley. This research is based on unredacted valuation documents about the ‘Watergate’ scandal.
Report

Murray–Darling Basin water markets inquiry: interim report

This interim report draws upon analysis of comprehensive water market data from 2012 onwards, and the views of a broad range of people with interests in the use and trade of water in the Murray-Darling Basin. The report considers options to enhance markets for tradable...
Report

Procurement of strategic water entitlements

The objective of the audit was to examine whether strategic water procurements by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment were conducted consistent with government policy, were supported by appropriate program design, were planned and executed appropriately, and achieved value for money.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Barnaby Joyce said building the Bradfield Scheme to redirect water is the one thing Australia can do to reduce the effects of drought. Is he correct?

Former Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce says "the one thing we can do" to reduce the effects of drought is introduce the Bradfield Scheme, an ambitious plan from the 1930s aimed at diverting floodwaters from the north of the country inland.
Journal article

The rebound effect on water extraction from subsidising irrigation infrastructure in Australia

Australia has spent more than $6 billion to reallocate water to environmental purposes. Most of this money has subsidised infrastructure, despite its lack of cost-effectiveness. This article highlights four key lessons on how to respond to these water governance challenges.
Report

Future scenarios for the southern Murray-Darling Basin

This report presents a series of forward looking scenarios for the southern Murray-Darling Basin water market, examining potential future water prices, trade flows and irrigation sector outcomes, taking into account recent and expected trends for water supply and demand.
Report

Dam shame: the hidden new dams in Australia

Research in this report contradicts claims by federal and state government ministers that new dams are not being built in Australia. The report shows that 20 to 30 large new dams have been recently constructed, funded at least in part by Australian taxpayers.
Report

Review of the water sharing plan for the Barwon-Darling unregulated and alluvial water sources 2012: final report

This report finds that there is clear evidence to indicate that the current water sharing plan rules are resulting in more frequent and longer 'cease to flow' periods. The current cease to flow period of over 11 months Barwon-Darling system is the longest in recorded...