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Farmers fight the salt

Zekulich, M. (1981) Farmers fight the salt. The West Australian, 28 February 1981. p. 24 [Publication] [Special Collections]


Over 4,000 kilometres of banks and drains have been constructed by Western Australian farmers over the past three years to combat salt. The Agriculture Department claims it may be a wasted effort and recommends the control of grazing, cultivation and the planting of salt tolerant plants in moderate and severely-affected areas. Farmers say the department's methods are cosmetic and have never reclaimed a single hectare of salt affected land. Watheroo farmer Bill Scott began developing deep drains on the family property three years ago and claims to have brought back significant areas of salt affected land into production.

This article contains four images by Guy Magowan: Bill Scott showing where the Agriculture Department has been monitoring drains; Bill Scott and his dog Jack in a paddock that was salt affected but now productive; Bill Scott in an area that is to be drained; and lakes which are fed by the drains on Bill Scott's property.

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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
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/56830
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