A 2018 survey indicated that around 50% of users no longer required the stockwater races, and would prefer they were closed. We are currently considering options, costs and implications for closing the stockwater race schemes in favour of other alternative supply means.
During the review of the Revenue & Financing Policy in 2020, Council resolved to develop a water race closure programme that will assist closures. The development of the programme commenced in early 2021 and initially, will identify which races may be able to be closed and which should remain open for other values (e.g. ecological or stormwater benefits).
We are also working with irrigation companies at present to trial the provision of stockwater via irrigation scheme infrastructure. Early indications are encouraging.