I am not an expert in hydrology and yet you are demanding that I come up with a list of suitable sites for new reservoirs. Why is that my job? The reason is simple. You're the big mouth who claimed that there were plenty of available catchment sites in NSW and Victoria. In your last post, you boasted that you'd put up two acceptable sites. Now, when that was shown to be wrong, you've done a 180 degree turn and pleaded that it's not your field.
Once again, you've made a statement and, when challenged to back it up, discovered that you'd painted yourself into a corner. If you hunt the tiger, you must expect to get bitten.
There ARE plenty of places for massive great water storages - even that report identified several rivers but then went on to conclude as you do that desal is wonderful and like 'free water' because its not at the expense of any environmental flow. But as I've explained before a local water grid could potentially solve all those problems.
Yes hydrology ISN'T my field but if you know something about the political history (as we both do) the watershed moment (pardon the pun) was Franklin-below-Gordon in which case the 'green' movement as it loosely was back then had a High Court victory getting the Commonwealth to over-rule Tasmania's decision to go ahead with a dam in an extremely remote part of Tassie. Hawke made it an election promise and then made it happen but it meant the power of veto changed to ultimately be with the Commonwealth not the states.
Anyway in places where those schemes are already constructed they're serving our nation exceptionally well as they were intended: Hydo-electicity on demand and the bonus of supporting some NSW and VIC's irrigation schemes - you can't deny that. The Snowy system, the various schemes especially Bolte's construction of vast reservoirs across Victoria in the 1950's/60's. That existing infrastructure should form the backbone of a very good water transfer scheme across VIC but alas the Bracks government didn't go down that path.
We don't really have the sites here in SA unless we found some in the mid-north and even then you'd have to trade some local landholder and environmental approvals to get stuff done now. I know the controversial history of this stuff as well as you do - the old town of Tallangatta VIC being a casualty. It's not without its victims. Probably the Hume and Eildon would never, ever be built now in the twenty-first century because just way too many people would scream blue murder on the human costs of relocation in constructing new operational water storage.
But it's the 'greenest' way to go, we both know that. You can't pretend to be an adherent to the Church of the Carbon Fairy and think electrically produced reverse osmosis ocean water is the answer to a water shortage. There's no universe in which those two positions can occupy the same space - 100% carbon off-set to make that water is just rubbish.