It appears to be the case that the Victorian Government is topping up floodwaters around Goulburn.
Plug the Pipe, a rural group dedicated to opposing the Victorian Government’s North South pipeline put out this media release yesterday:
Whilst the entire Goulburn Catchment is suffering major flooding, Melbourne Water continues to order releases of hundreds of millions of litres per day from Lake Eildon to supply the North-South Pipeline. The water for the North South Pipeline must flow from Lake Eildon 75 kilometres along the Goulburn River until it reaches the North South Pipeline pumps at Yea.
The Victorian Government seems oblivious to the fact that this water amounting to extra billions of litres every few days pouring down the Goulburn River is adding to the flooding in the Upper Catchment, where the full impacts are still to occur in the coming days.
For the Melbourne Water to blithely continue to add this water volume to floodwaters is totally arrogant, unnecessary and smacks of the usual disregard they have for our rural communities…