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A wet winter tests banks

Busher, M. (1981) A wet winter tests banks. The Countryman, 13 August 1981. [Publication] [Special Collections]


Donal Smith installed absorption banks on his property at Pingelly, after consultation with Tim Negus from the Department of Agriculture's Narrogin office. An 89 hectare paddock required rehabilitation to fill in deep, steep sided gullies which dissected the whole area, some up to 3 metres wide and 9 metres deep. The banks were constructed on a sample site using graders, which turned out to be 50% more expensive than using bulldozers and didn't produce ground as compact as a bulldozer could. Besides these issues, Mr Smith is pleased with the initial results and will use the lessons learned to install more banks on his property in the future.

This article contains two images by Ian Ferguson: Tim Negus standing at the top of a filled-in gully, and Tim Negus and Donal Smith standing near one of the absorption banks.

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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: ©1981 The Countryman
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/56937
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