Water Barons is the fascinating tale about the ownership of water in Australia. Since the arrival of the first fleet at Sydney Cove, money has been made from supplying water. Now, anyone can own water, and the buying and selling of water has seen the creation of water barons, private individuals in Australia and overseas investors who own water licences valued at millions of dollars.With overseas interests holding 10 per cent of water licences in our largest agricultural region, the Murray-Darling Basin, and overseas investors owning Australian water licences valued at many millions of dollars, who is controlling our water? Water Barons: Money, Politics and Control of Water in Australia speaks to all of us who are interested in our most precious resource.
Bob O'Brien is a proven author who wrote the true crime bestseller, Young Blood: The Story of the Family Murders, published by HarperCollins. The book was nominated for Best True Crime in the Melbourne Writers Festival.