One River is informed by a Reference Group drawn from across the Basin with significant skills, knowledge and experience in areas including art‐in‐community, water politics, environmental science, history and indigenous heritage and land-management. One River Reference Group members will present at the Symposia noted below, contribute critical writing and analysis for this website and provide contextual advice and support for project artists and the creative team.
The Symposia are curated and facilitated by One River’s Curator of Stories Malcolm McKinnon.
Goolwa October 2012 The initial One River symposium was presented at Goolwa, South Australia as part of Kumuwuki, the Regional Arts Australia national conference, on 20 October 2012. This session outlined the core concerns of the One River project. It also explored the role of artists in helping us to unpack our complex relationship with the rivers of the Murray Darling Basin and in conjuring alternative visions for the future. Panellists for this session included Artistic Director of the Centenary of Canberra, Robyn Archer AO, artist Ken Orchard, journalist and writer Asa Walhquist and Ngunnawal Caring for Country Ranger (ACT) Adrian Brown. A recording of the session is available here, on the Kumuwuki website
Mildura, 16 March, 2013 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm, Mildura Arts Centre
The Murray Darling Basin is often referred to as Australia’s food bowl, accounting for over a third of the country’s food production. But the history of irrigated farming across the basin is a history of boom and bust, driven by extreme fluctuations in available water and similarly dramatic fluctuations in commodity markets. With water itself now a volatile market commodity, can we manage our celebrated food bowl on a sustainable basis?
Panelists will include historian Cameron Muir (Australian National University), regional development worker Lani Houston (Regional Development Australia), economist, horticulturalist and community activist Ross Lake (SunRISE21), environmentalist Paul Sinclair (Australian Conservation Foundation) and Murray Darling Basin Authority Board member (and horticulturalist) Dianne Davidson.
Canberra, 25 August, 2013 @ 10:00 am – 4:00pm, National Museum of Australia Visions Theatre
Planning and management of water resources in the Murray-Darling Basin is the classic political hot potato. For over a century, colonial, state, federal and regional bodies have bickered, prevaricated and blamed each other for the planned and un-planned impacts of all manner of policy decisions (or lack thereof).
As the One River project brings stories from across the Basin to the national capital, it’s a good time to re-visit the debate. In particular, what are the roadblocks to engagement in the democratic process in water management across the Basin for Australia’s first peoples and for regional communities who are often isolated from the decision making process? How do we balance the interests of industry, communities and the environment in policy development?
Panelists include historian and public policy analyst Daniel Connell (Australian National University, Canberra), environmental and community activist Sarah Moles (Queensland), winegrower and artist Kim Chalmers (Victoria) and Ngarrindjeri elder Major Sumner from the Coorong region (South Australia).
One River is a Centenary of Canberra project, proudly supported by the Australian Government and the ACT Government, along with the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, the Sidney Myer Fund and the Australia Council.
Edited versions of papers by Daniel Connell, Sarah Moles, Major Sumner, and Kim Chalmers are available here.
You can find out more about our One River Reference Group here.
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