Risk of spill in Goulburn system falls below 10%

August 30, 2017

Northern Victoria resource manager Mark Bailey.

NORTHERN Victoria resource manager Mark Bailey has announced a low risk of spill in the Goulburn system.

‘‘Despite recent rainfall and an increase in the Lake Eildon volume, the risk of spill in the Goulburn system during 2017/18 has fallen below 10 per cent,’’ Dr Bailey said.

‘‘Water in spillable water accounts in the Goulburn system will be made available for use or trade.

‘‘Victoria’s share of the volume in Lake Hume gives the Murray system a 63 per cent risk of spill," Dr Bailey said.

‘‘The risk of spill from Lake Eppalock in the Campaspe system is about 34 per cent.

‘‘Water in spillable water accounts remains quarantined in the Murray and Campaspe systems.’’

Dr Bailey said the risk of spill assessment did not describe the chances of flooding in the Murray, Goulburn or Campaspe systems this season.

‘‘The risk of spill is a water accounting assessment,’’ Dr Bailey said.

‘‘It does not refer to flood risks downstream of the storages.’’

The risk of spill in the Murray system will be updated on Monday, September 11.

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