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Depending on rain

By DEAN LAWSON

Finding a balance that satisfies the many different organisations and communities relying on water supply continues to evolve as a complex regional challenge.

Construction of the Wimmera Mallee Pipeline was supposed to eliminate anxiety over supply for everything from domestic and environmental need to recreation. But it hasn’t happened.

It has instead raised expectations to a level where it seems that everyone, more than ever, is demanding their share of ‘wet gold’.

Toolondo Reservoir, a jewel in the regional fishing crown, is the latest to attract community backlash as its water level falls and conditions deteriorate.

Toolondo is not on its own. A continuous fight is also on for water for Natimuk Lake, for retention of Wimmera River water in Lake Lonsdale near Stawell and for greater access to water in other parts of the vast catchment fed by the arterial Wimmera water system.

At the same time, communities at Dimboola and Jeparit, which for decades watched saline conditions devastate the Wimmera River’s lower catchment, would be hoping water continues to flow their way.

Where the water is of most value and what qualifies as valuable is highly subjective, and sits at the heart of the debate.

 

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Posted on Feb 26 2014

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