THE Murray-Darling Basin will be under discussion during an online Zoom event hosted by Collins Booksellers Mildura.

Quentin Beresford, author of Wounded Country, The Murray–Darling Basin: A contested history, will appear in conversation with local businessman and historian Ross Lake.

In Wounded Country, the award-winning author investigates the complex and contested history of Australia’s largest and most important river system.

Beresford writes that waves of farmers over-capitalised on the region’s potential, with little consideration for the consequences.

Charles Massy, author of Call of the Reed Warbler, claims Beresford’s work to be “one of the most important books to emerge in recent decades concerning both Australia’s dangerous environmental mismanagement and the indivisible plunder of Indigenous society”.

Lake is looking forward to the discussion and will encourage questions from the virtual audience.

“I am keen to reignite the debate around strategies, policies and politics that ensures sustainability in communities in the Basin,” he said.

The event will be held on Thursday next week from 7.30pm with tickets available at