(b) water being extracted by a pump from the edge of a dam via a 100mm pipe?
(b) the Donnelly River above the 50 megalitre metering threshold?
(5) In practice, how will water trading operate between two landholders with private dams on a stream where there may be 5 dams on other landholdings between them, with only winter overflow spillways and no piped connection?
(6) If the Minister cannot be precise on the mechanism for trading in such circumstances, why is the Government proposing to separate water entitlements from land title and to impose costly water metering, in order to promote “water trading”?
(a) Not applicable.
(3a-b, i) See response to 1.
(4) Warren River - less than 10%
Donnelly River - less than 5%
(5) If two licensees wished to trade (from a licensee upstream to a licensee downstream), the water entitlement of one will be taken by the purchaser of the entitlement. Metering will assist in ensuring that other licensees taking water from the same stream and located between the two licensees that traded their entitlements, do not take the entitlement that has been traded.
In the case of a trade from downstream to upstream, catchment characteristics would need to be investigated to determine whether such a trade was possible.
(6) Water metering is not required exclusively to assist with water trading. Water metering is also required for water resource management, ensuring sustainability and including improved water use efficiency.