​Media release

Improved forecasting of river flows in New South Wales

14 June 2018

  • Weather Bureau start seasonal streamflow forecasts in 33 new locations in NSW
  • New river flow monitoring on major rivers including the Murrumbidgee, Hunter and Snowy
  • Seasonal streamflow forecasts can influence decisions such as water allocations, cropping strategies, managing drought and water market planning
​Water management and agricultural planning in New South Wales is set to receive a significant boost with 33 new seasonal streamflow forecasting sites coming online.
Monitoring these sites allows the Bureau of Meteorology to forecast likely streamflow volumes for the coming three months.
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud said the new sites would have clear benefits for the water market in Australia's east.
“This will give New South Wales farmers more reliable information about how much water they’ll be able to take in the upcoming months so they can make sound business decisions,” Minister Littleproud said.
“This will help to reduce rural business risks and that’s extremely valuable for farmers who need to manage their resources carefully to turn a profit.
"The forecasts will help determine water allocations, cropping strategies, water market planning, environmental watering and drought management plans.
"The expansion of this forecasting service will see an increase in seasonal streamflow forecasting of almost 20 per cent across Australia.
"The Snowy and Hastings rivers are just some of those receiving forecasts of natural flows for the first time.
"These locations were chosen after talking with water users and the Basin states about the water information they need.
"The seasonal streamflow forecasts is just part of a suite of weather services for farmers which includes the weather bureau's rainfall and temperature outlooks, 7-day streamflow forecasts and flood forecasting services."

List of new sites

Billabong Creek at WalbundrieMurray-Darling BasinBillabong-Yanco creeks
Billabong Creek at AberfeldyMurray-Darling BasinBillabong-Yanco creeks
Macintyre River at WallangraMurray-Darling BasinBorder rivers
Castlereagh River at Hidden ValleyMurray-Darling BasinCastlereagh River
Myall Ck at MolroyMurray-Darling BasinGwydir
Flyers Creek at BenereeMurray-Darling BasinLachlan
Lachlan River at NarrawaMurray-Darling BasinLachlan
Murrumbidgee River at Mittagang CrossingMurray-Darling BasinMurrumbidgee River
Numeralla River at Numeralla SchoolMurray-Darling BasinMurrumbidgee River
Yass River at YassMurray-Darling BasinMurrumbidgee River
Butmaroo Creek at ButmarooMurray-Darling BasinMurrumbidgee River
Macdonald River at WoolbrookMurray-Darling BasinNamoi River
Bemboka River at Morans CrossingSouth East Coast (NSW)Bega River
Clarence River at TabulamSouth East Coast (NSW)Clarence River
Timbarra River at DrakeSouth East Coast (NSW)Clarence River
Hastings River at Ellenborough (Kindee Bridge)South East Coast (NSW)Hastings River
Kialla Creek at PomeroySouth East Coast (NSW)Hawkesbury River
Goulburn R at Sandy HollowSouth East Coast (NSW)Hunter
Hunter River at Moonam Dam SiteSouth East Coast (NSW)Hunter
Allyn River at HaltonSouth East Coast (NSW)Hunter
Karuah River at BooralSouth East Coast (NSW)Karuah
Tia River at TiaSouth East Coast (NSW)Macleay River
Styx River at JeoglaSouth East Coast (NSW)Macleay River
Ourimbah Creek at U/S WeirSouth East Coast (NSW)Macquarie-Tuggerah lakes
Barnard River at MackaySouth East Coast (NSW)Manning
Myall River at Jacky BarkersSouth East Coast (NSW)Manning
Manning River at KillawarraSouth East Coast (NSW)Manning River
Myrtle Ck at RappvilleSouth East Coast (NSW)Richmond River
Towamba River at TowambaSouth East Coast (NSW)Towamba River
Tuross River at EurobodallaSouth East Coast (NSW)Tuross River
Maclaughlin River at The HutSouth East Coast (Vic)*Snowy River
Little Plains River at Wellesley (Rowes)South East Coast (Vic)*Snowy River
Wullwye Ck at WoolwaySouth East Coast (Vic)*Snowy River

* the river region is in South East Coast (Vic) drainage division, but the forecast locations are in NSW