The Wimmera River water management area is located within the Murray-Darling Basin, and includes the Wimmera, Avon and Richardson River catchments. The Wimmera River flows from the north side of the Great Dividing Range near Elmhurst, and from the Grampians Ranges, to Lake Hindmarsh. During wet periods, Lake Hindmarsh overflows through Outlet Creek, into Lake Albacutya and onto a series of smaller lakes and the Wirrengern Plain in the Mallee. The Avon and Richardson Rivers flow into and terminate in Lake Buloke.
Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water is the licensing authority and manages both surface and groundwater diversions. They are responsible for the Wimmera-Mallee water supply system which delivers water to urban centres and farms in a large part of the water management area. Central Highlands Water supplies the towns of Landsborough and Navarre. The Wimmera Catchment Management Authority is responsible for waterway management in the Wimmera River catchment, while the North Central Catchment Management Authority is responsible for the Avon and Richardson River catchments.
This chapter draws extensively on the State Water Report 2004/05 (DSE, 2006).
Figure 1 Wimmera River water management area locality map
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