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Area News story - Water Sold For Over $5K/Megalitre at Riverina Field Days Shows How Much Water Is Really Worth

PICTURED: Water Trades Officer and Griffith representative of Wilks Water, Alexandria Koenig. PHOTO: Sarah Bentvelzen

 PICTURED: Water Trades Officer and Griffith representative of Wilks Water, Alexandria Koenig. PHOTO: Sarah Bentvelzen

At the Griffith Riverina Field Days there was a lot of excitement to be had, but it seemed the biggest event of the weekend was the water auction, which saw record sales smashed.

The Area News spoke to Water Trades Officer and Griffith representative of Wilks Water, Alexandria Koenig who commented about the momentous occasion where over $7 million in water was sold, and gave us a quick introduction to the world of water buying and selling.

“The aim of the auction was to find out what the water is really worth,” Ms Koenig said.

“Categories included permanent general and high security surface water, permanent groundwater, supplementary water, carryover, temporary surface and groundwater and forward water.”

Over 80 registered bidders – farmers and irrigators – from all over Australia, and an estimated crowd of over 300 – mostly from the Griffith region – came to the Riverina Field Days to buy water.

Phone bidders from Brisbane, Adelaide, Victoria, and even overseas also looked to get their hands on water which is currently in high demand, particularly due to the recent dry spells.

“With the dry season, people just want that security,” Ms Koenig said.

On the day, NSW permanent high security surface water was in highest demand, however zone 3 permanent groundwater also sold well, for $2475 per megalitre.

“High security water smashed records. Parcels sold for $5,000 or more per megalitre,” Ms Koenig said.

“High security water gives you that peace of mind – to help you plan ahead.”

Parcels varied in size, with some at two megalitres – for high security surface water – and another at 100 megalitres.

“And of course, there is only a certain amount of parcels – not everyone can take home water on the day. Demand is still high for this permanent high security water,” Ms Koenig said.

“There are still farmers willing to pay that money which goes to show you the demand for it, and goes to show how much the water is worth.”

“The aim of the auction each year is to find out what water is really worth, and it’s an open and transparent way of doing so with plenty of opportunity for both buyers and sellers. Overall it was a great result for those who entrusted their water with Wilks Water,” Ms Koenig said.

The Area News also spoke with Chief Executive Officer of the Riverina Wine Grapes Marketing Board, Brian Simpson, who commented on the Riverina Field Days success:

“Water is the lifeblood of this area – there are big developments going on in the region,” Cr Simpson said.

But, Cr Simpson believes it is the nut growers of the region who will need their water to be secured.

“We’re aware of an increase in plantings in the region of nut crops – they are a big user of water, and there is a potential for this area to really expand in nut production,” Cr Simpson said.

“Those companies would be looking to secure water going forward, as opposed to buying it on the temporary market.”

On the ‘smashed records’, Cr Simpson noted:

“It’s a positive thing. It means that the growers’ assets and values in their properties will improve as a result of a strong market.”

“It’s great – it’s great for the region.”

NSW Murray Temporary Trading Resumes

NSW Murray Temporary Trading Resumes

If you wish to buy or sell temp water in these dying stages of the season, this is your opportunity!

Please call our office immediately.

The following information was released from WaterNSW via social media; 

"WaterNSW administers water trading under rules set by the Department of Primary Industries Water (DPI Water).

Trade will recommence after a WaterNSW review of regulations governing trade confirmed that, unlike many previous years, the current Murray Water Sharing Plan does not prohibit trade beyond 31 May this year.

WaterNSW is working with DPI Water to make key elements of the relevant regulations more prominent and readily available to all market participants

The service improvements follow change to trade scheduling implemented by WaterNSW in March this year to enhance confidence in the trade process and in market transparency."

Wilks Water 0269 318 522 

Tom Wilks 0428 694 608

Heather Hatch 0447 473 755 

TODAY - Annual Water Auction

It's on today, the Wilks Water


2:30pm - Davidge Pavilion - Riverina Field Days

To download the catalogue, click here.


Come down to the Davidge Pavilion at the Riverina Field Days and meet Tom, Heather, Tim and the Wilks Water team to discuss your water needs!

HEATHER HATCH - Call 0447 473 755

Wilks Water would like to welcome

Heather Hatch

Griffith's leading water broker.

Heather joins the team as our local lady on the ground for all Griffith water needs and brings over 12 years experience in the water industry. 

You can contact Heather on 0447 473 755, email heather@wilkswater.com.au or meet with her in the Ray White Griffith office, located at 139 Yambil Street, Griffith, NSW.




12th May 2017 @ 2:30pm

Davidge Pavilion - Riverina Field Days, Griffith

Entries invited for

Temporary and Permanent Surface and Groundwater

Very strong buyer enquiry in the Murrumbidgee Valley for:
  • Permanent High and General Security Water
  • Permanent Supplementary incl. MIA and CICL
  • Lower Murrumbidgee Groundwater
  • Carryover Capacity
  • Forward Water
"Currently there is very strong demand for Permanent Water, with low supply available. I believe that at the Annual Water Auction, we could see sellers achieve record prices" 
- Tom Wilks, 13/4/17

Market Snapshot
Temporary Offers to Buy Offers to Sell Last Sale
Murrumbidgee $5/ML $10/ML
NSW Murray $30/ML
Permanent Offers to Buy Offers to Sell Last Sale
General Security $1500/ML
High Security $3480/ML
$3600/ML $3480/ML

For further information, or to list you water call us on
0269 318 522 or 0428 694 608

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Our contact details are:
Wilks Water
P.O. Box 5633, Wagga Wagga, NSW 2650
Phone: 02 6931 8522 | Mobile: 0428 694 608 | Fax: 02 6931 9897
Email: water@wilkswater.com.au | Website: www.wilkswater.com.au



As at 12/01/17 the IVT balance was still 100,000ML meaning intervalley trade from the Murrumbidgee to the Murray is still closed. (Click here to view IVT balance online)

The MDBA in their River Murray System Annual Operating Plan End October 2016 Update published 18th November 2016, on page 8, spoke of current planning calling on 100GL from the Murrumbidgee between January and May 2017, which would cause the IVT balance to be lowered, possibly to zero and open trade from the Murrumbidgee to the Murray(Click here to view the River Murray system annual operating plan End October 2016 update).


Murrumbidgee: $35 to $39/ML.

NSW Murray: $70 to $77/ML.

Victorian Murray: $70 to $78/ML.

Temporary prices in the Murrumbidgee are back to levels seen in the spring when the rain appeared unlikely to stop long enough for rice and cotton planting to occur. With a $30/ML price difference when intervalley trade opens Murrumbidgee values will rise and Murray values fall to find a middle ground assuming trade stays open for any length of time.

I feel trade will be opened and shut before most people hear about it.

The MDBA report also mentioned drawing on the Menindee Lakes storages to run the Darling River and the Murray River below Wentworth (Page 7).

This has been recently announced. (Click here to view the MDBA Media Release).


The MDBA report has outlined their intentions regarding IVT opening. We will only know the exact date after it has happened. Further information may be made available in the MDBA weekly update published on Fridays (To subscribe to weekly update, click here).

All the above information points to intervalley trade opening at some stage this season, however there are no guarantees.

If trade does open, there will be a stampede to take advantage of higher temporary prices on the Murray and intervalley trade will close very quickly.

If you wish to participate in intervalley trade, please contact me to make arrangements now so we can lodge a trade form immediately when trade opens. 


There are currently sellers in the Murrumbidgee Valley at $35 - $40 /ML. The lowest prices seen for quite a while. Prices will only stay low while intervalley trade is closed. It may be worth considering purchasing water now for pre-watering or to fill storages later on. 


Buyers are currently offering $60 /ML for carryover capacity in the Murrumbidgee Valley - including MIA and CICL.


High Security

Buyers @ $3500 /ML - few sellers

General Security

Buyers @ $1400 /ML
Sellers @ $1500 /ML

To discuss these or any other water matter please do not hesitate to contact me at any time.

Tom Wilks - 0428 694 608 or business hours - 0269 318 522.    



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Murrumbidgee General Security allocation has increased 4% to 54%. Intermittent rainfall combined with already wet catchments has led to significant runoff and inflows into the Murrumbidgee storages. Storage levels continue to rise with downstream tributaries below Wagga contributing significant inflows to the main river. Further rainfall is forecast.


NSW Murray General Security has increased by 5% to 30%. Rainfall since June has improved soil moisture and provided steady system inflows and storage improvements.


The next allocation announcement will be 15th September 2016. 


Murrumbidgee General Security water allocation increases to 54% of entitlement.


Murrumbidgee High Security water remains at 95% of entitlement. 


NSW Murray General Security water allocation increases to 30% of entitlement.


NSW Murray High Security water remains at 97% of entitlement.


See past and present Media Releases on the NSW Office of Water website by clicking here

Supplementary Access announcements

Murrumbidgee Valley and NSW Murray Valley Supplementary Access 

Friday July 11th, 2014

NSW Office of Water has extended supplementary access in the Murrumbidgee Valley following rainfall over large parts of the tributary catchments.

Refer to the media release below for revised closing dates and times, and stand-by for announcements of further extensions.

The NSW Office of Water today announced supplementary access in the NSW Murray Valley. 
All general security access licence holders may divert water during this period of supplementary flow, as the general security allocation is less than 60 percent. 

Refer to the media release below for more details.
I have clients with keen interest in buying permanent supplementary water licences.

For all of your water trading requirements,
Call anytime.

Tom Wilks
0428 694 608

ABC Rural interview

Click here to listen to the ABC Rural radio interview with Tom Wilks regarding the low allocations for NSW Irrigators, as recorded yesterday 01/07/14 for Country Hour.