Murray River Country -

Murray River Country

An ecological dialogue with traditional owners
Jessica K Weir

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Murray River Country discusses the water crisis from a unique perspective the intimate stories of love and loss from the viewpoints of Aboriginal peoples who know the inland rivers as thei read more

Murray River Country discusses the water crisis from a unique perspective the intimate stories of love and loss from the viewpoints of Aboriginal peoples who know the inland rivers as their traditional country. By engaging with the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia's agricultural heartland, Murray River Country goes to the core of our national understandings of who we are and how we can live in this country.

These experiences bring a fresh narrative to contemporary water debates about the Murray-Darling Basin, and how we should look to more sustainable ways to live in Australia as our approach to water is changing in the face of water scarcity, drought, climate change, and water mismanagement.

Weir wants to move readers beyond questions of how much water will be 'returned' to the rivers, to understand that our economy, and our lives, are dependent on river health. She uses different knowledge traditions to reveal unacknowledged assumptions that trap our thinking and disable us from acting. By engaging with the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia's agricultural heartland, Murray River Country goes to the core of our national understandings of who we are and how we can live in this country.

Production Details
  • Paperback
  • 240mm x 170mm x 15mm
  • 224pp
  • Released January 2009
  • ISBN 9780855756789
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About The Author
Dr Jessica Weir is a Research Fellow in the Native Title Research Unit at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and a graduate of the ANU. She is a human geographer whose research focuses on ecological and social issues in Australia, particularly water and ecological devastation. 
About The Cover

Front cover image: Nici Cumpston, Flooded Gum, Katarapko Creek, Murray River National Park, 2007.

Back cover image: The beauty of a dead river red gum forest, Lake mulwala on the Murray, New South Wales upstream from the Barmah-millewa forest.

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