This episode of the Water Justice Podcast is a collection of stories, recounting events from around regional Australia which received flooding throughout the Murray Darling Basin across 2022 and into 2023. New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia experienced severe flooding in the late spring months in a La Nina event. Recorded at the end of the 2022-2023 Australian summer, five people from different areas along the flooded regions provide their stories from this tragedy. These stories cover how floods have impacted them and their communities as well as their thoughts on how we can learn from these events. Australia’s flooding can be a contentious topic and these experiences don’t necessarily reflect the thoughts of the Water Justice Hub, but they do account for how people are left feeling in the wake of a disaster like this.
Prue Milgate: Agri-industry advocate, Grain and Livestock Farmer in Serpentine, who received flooding downstream from the Loddon River
Simone Bailey: Mayor of the Mid Murray council, an area that received flooding from the Murray River
Dallas Tout: Mayor of Wagga Wagga, which received flooding from the Murrumbidgee River
Bill Twigg: Regenerative Agricultural Sheep Farmer who received flooding from the Loddon River
Paul Haw: First Nations Cultural Heritage Museum caretaker and Local to Boort, a lakeside town that received flooding from the Loddon River
This Podcast is hosted by Kat Taylor and Produced by Tim Whiffen of Whimsy Productions for Quentin Grafton, Convenor of the Water Justice Hub, UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance at the Australian National University.