Seminar with Heather Goodall, ‘Conflicted rivers: water and land across the upper Darling region’

The Water Cultures Network, Australian Rivers Institute, & Australian Aotearoa New Zealand Environmental History Network (AANZEHN) invite you to a seminar with Heather Goodall on ‘Conflicted rivers: water and land across the upper Darling region’ on Tuesday 19 March, 5-6pm AEDST.

In this seminar, Emeritus Professor Heather Goodall will explore some of the histories of recent – and conflicted – water use on the upper Darling River and its tributaries. By the time water flows into the lower Darling River, it has already faced intensely competing upstream pressures from the irrigated agriculture and longer-established grazing industries as well as the needs of human residents for safe drinking water. There is often little more than nodding attention given to the cultural needs of First Nations communities or to the ‘environmental flows’ needed for the ‘more-than-human’ living world, unless it brings in a monetary profit. Recently, more attention has been paid to ‘environmental flows’, but the share of water for First Nations people’s use has actually decreased. Tracing the recent histories of these conflicts demonstrates new alliances as well as deepening tensions. The paper considers a number of reaches on the upper Darling network, with particular attention to two areas – Boobera Lagoon on the MacIntyre River near Boggabilla and the waterways around Brewarrina on the Barwon River.

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