Picture: Lake Fyans

The Minister for Water appointed GWMWater as the Storage Manager for the Wimmera-Glenelg system. The legal document which describes this is the Storage Manager Instrument of Appointment.

The role of Storage Manager is important as it acts independently to manage water resources on behalf of all Wimmera-Glenelg entitlement holders. The role includes allocating available water according to set rules, keeping record of all water delivered and operating the system in the most efficient and timely way possible.

Although GWMWater has been appointed as the Storage Manager, it is also an entitlement holder. To ensure the independence of the Storage Manager, governance arrangements have been established though which all entitlement holders and other key stakeholders are party.

Please note that GWMWater retains ownership of reservoirs and related headwork’s infrastructure and continues to be responsible for many other aspects of their management such as dam safety and the development of reservoir recreation management plans. More information can be found on GWMWater’s website.