Libby Robin, Chris Dickman, and Mandy Martin (eds): Desert Channels

New models of conservation

Kim Mahood


Desert Channels: The Impulse to Conserve
edited by Libby Robin, Chris Dickman, and Mandy Martin
CSIRO Publishing, $59.95 hb, 348 pp, 9780643097490


In recent months a significant part of Australia has been subject to deluge and flood. As the continent recharges its waterways and water tables, we are like an ant nest into which a curious child has thrust a hose – rushing about rescuing and shoring up, patching and rebuilding, behaving as if this upheaval is an aberration, and as if building towns and cities on flood plains is sensible.

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Kim Mahood

Kim Mahood

Kim Mahood is the author of two non-fiction books: Position Doubtful (Scribe 2016) and the award-winning Craft for a Dry Lake, (Random House/Transworld, 2000). She wrote the much-circulated essay ‘Kartiya are like Toyotas – white workers on Australia’s cultural frontier’, and co-edited Desert Lake: art, science and stories from Paruku, (CSIRO, 2013). Her work is published in art, literary, and current affairs journals.

Published in May 2011 no. 331

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