Victorian Government's white paper, Our Water Our Future, released in June 2004
Our Water Our Future outlines 110 actions to improve water management and sustainability over the next 50 years, including a promise to "significantly improve" the health of Victoria's rivers by 2010.
17 billion litres a year promised for the Yarra
Ahead of the November 25 election, the State Government released the Central Region Sustainable Water Strategy in October 2006 promising 17 billion litres to be stored each year for the Yarra river. Environment Victoria says the government is yet to fulfill this promise, as well as commitments made to return water to other Victorian rivers. The Source: "How the River Runs"
Moorabool River receives 39% of natural flow in 2006 as plans to redirect water from the Moorabool Reserve to Ballarat are revealed in December.
The State Government publishes their $5 billion water plan in June 2007.
The water plan essentially overrode Our Water Our Future, with the alternative water source of the largest desalination plant in Australia to provide 150 billion litres of water a year from 2011; and the north-south pipeline to pump 75 billion litres of water each year from the Goulburn River to Melbourne.
The Sustainable Rivers Audit finds the Goulburn River is in the worst state of the all rivers of the Murray-Darling Basin.