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Melbourne Reading Group – Environmental Flows Inquiry

August 17 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am

Environmental water reading group and parliamentary inquiry submission

The RBMS has been invited to make a submission to the current parliamentary inquiry into the Management, Governance and Use of Environmental Water. We would like to invite you to participate in a morning discussion session to help inform our response. The reading group will be held at Ross House with Dukes Coffee Roasters right next door – feel free to grab a coffee and some breakfast to have over the discussion.

Members with any level of knowledge/experience in this topic are very welcome.

For those who are unable to make the reading group session but have an interest in the inquiry, we welcome your thoughts by email (info@rbms.com.au) prior to the session.

The inquiry

The terms of reference for the inquiry includes four sub-topics as listed below. RBMS can choose to address all or part of these terms in its submission.

Inquiry terms of reference topics:

1. the assessment of the role of environmental water management in preventing or causing ‘blackwater’ events;

2. how environmental water and environmental water managers interact with, and utilise, management tools such as carryover and whether the carryover of environmental water impacts on the availability of water for irrigators;

3. consideration of what barriers exist to the more efficient use of environmental water and how these may be addressed; and

4. assessment of fees and charges applied to environmental water and whether these differ from those imposed on other water users.

Reading material

The following is a range of suggested short reading materials showing various points of view for each of the four sub-topics.

However, the RBMS does not wish to introduce bias to the discussion with a set reading list, so we strongly encourage readers to conduct their own research and/or bring information from their own experience to discuss.

General

Blackwater

Carryover/ environmental tools

Barriers to efficient use of EW

Fees and charges

  • Water for Victoria page 55 under the subheading ‘Charging arrangements for environmental water’ and action 3.7
  • For one Water Corporation’s view, see Goulburn-Murray Water submission to Senate Select Committee on Basin Plan (especially section 6)

Venue

Ross House Association – Mezzanine Room 1 (Sue Healy Room)
247 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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