Just Add Water campaigners will need to buy existing water licences if they want to top up Lake Colac from the Gellibrand River system.
Colac business people and Polwarth MP Richard Riordan founded the Just Add Water campaign and hoped to divert water from the Gellibrand River system to Lake Colac in a bid to make the lake a destination for recreational use.
Southern Rural Water managing director Clinton Rodda said Southern Rural Water was the licensing authority for extractions from the Gellibrand River system and that licences were at capacity.
He said Southern Rural Water had fully allocated entitlements for the Gellibrand River system and that they were owned by Wannon Water, Barwon Water and individual private licence holders.
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