Is water a resource or is it the source? Is it something to be consumed or does it have a life of its own? Recent histories of environmental misunderstanding and exploitation shadow our current regime of water management and use. While governments grapple with how to respond to widespread drought, the situation worsens. There is something amiss in current approaches to water. This timely collection of essays addresses the critical and contentious issue of water in Australia today and suggests a need to radically rethink our relationship with this fundamental substance. Contributors from a range of fields, from anthropology to visual arts, discuss the various ways in which we are caught up with water, and challenge us to take up the cultural transformations that underpin a sustainable ecological future.
Dr Emily Potter is an ARC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne. Professor Alison Mackinnon is Emeritus Professor at the Hawke Research Institute, University of South Australia. Dr Stephen McKenzie is an independent scholar based in the Solomon Islands. Professor Jennifer McKay specialises in water law and teaches in the School of Commerce, University of South Australia.