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A sorry state

Ayris, C. (1989) A sorry state. The West Australian, 18 March 1989. pp. 1-3 [Publication] [Special Collections]


Newspaper article by Cyril Ayris.

Explores the various facets of environmental degradation in Western Australia. The article places some emphasis on the government's role in land clearing, particularly in the 1960's.

Fred Chadwick is featured throughout the article. He shares the worsening conditions of Lake Taarblin after 60 years of land clearing. The lake where he once fished in the 1930's is pictured as a desolate wasteland gone to salt where nothing can survive.

Wooramel station near Carnarvon is presented as a case study. Due to massive drought and unusual weather conditions, the station experiences extreme erosion. There is hope for the region, however, as the Kleinig family property was resurrected by native revegetation efforts. The farm was restored from a barren wasteland to a functional property with growing numbers of sheep, reduced erosion and birdlife returning to the area for the first time in years.

Fertilizer damage to waterways is also addressed. The results of a study conducted by officers of the Environmental Protection Authority and Waterways Commission are summarised. The report details the condition and likely causes of degradation for the major waterways in Western Australia.

This article contains four photographs by Nic Ellis: Fred Chadwick walking through the salt-encrusted bed of Lake Taarblin; farmer David Steadman throwing sand into the wind on Wooramel station; David Steadman and his son, Justin, walking along a circular ponding site and Rex Edmonson on a cleared paddock at his Jerramungup farm.

This article contains a landsat photograph showing the scale of cleared land in Western Australia and also four colour diagrams showing the increased land clearing efforts from 1870 to 1984, in the geographic region between Geraldton and Esperance.

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This article is part of the WISALTS (Whittington Interceptor Sustainable Agriculture Land Treatment Society Incorporated) Collection.

Item Type: Special Collections
Collection: WISALTS Collection
Copyright: ©1989 The West Australian
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
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