An Extra 5,000 Megalitres Of Water Is Transferred To Toolondo Reservoir

An Extra 5,000 Megalitres Of Water Is Transferred To Toolondo Reservoir

Victoria Minister for Water Lisa Neville

Securing Lake Toolondo For Summer

Victor P Taffa

An extra 5,000 megalitres of water is being transferred to Toolondo Reservoir, boosting one of Western Victoria’s premier trout fishing spots.

Allocation builds on the 5,000 megalitres announced earlier this month and is expected to keep the levels in Toolondo to above the minimum level for fisheries until late in 2018.

“Lake Toolondo is important for fishing, the local community and the economy and this allocation will ensure it has the water it needs to keep it that way.” Minister for Water Lisa Neville said.

“This transfer will secure water levels for fishing and will reduce evaporation, securing water levels across the region.”

Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water will transfer the water to Toolondo Reservoir from Rocklands Reservoir, where water storage levels are above the required trigger point.

Shifting the water to Toolondo is also best practice water management, with Toolondo a more effective storage site heading into summer.

Storing the water in Toolondo at current water levels means less evaporation across the Grampians Wimmera Mallee system.

Andrews Government’s state-wide water plan Water for Victoria acknowledges the recreational values of our water resources and the need to consider these in how we manage water. It’s Target 1 Million plan also recognises the lake as an important fishery.

Toolondo remains a great place to fish thanks to transfers in recent years supporting water levels and providing security for trout, which have limited tolerance to warm water temperatures.

“Toolondo is one of Victoria’s premier fishing destinations and this is yet another great boost for recreational anglers in our Wimmera region.” Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford said.

“Getting more people, fishing more often is all part of the Andrews Government’s Target 1 Million plan.”

Drawing recreational fishers to the lake attracts valuable tourism, boosting local business and jobs in the region.

Andrews Government secured an initial 5,000 megalitre allocation for Lake Toolondo in 2015, fulfilling a key election commitment.