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Farmers just wild about Harry...

Guild, F. (1981) Farmers just wild about Harry... Daily News, 29 October 1981. p. 8 [Publication] [Special Collections]


Around WA's wheatbelt country, Brookton farmer Harry Whittington is revered as a saviour. More than 1,000 farmers who were losing their land to the cancerous encroachment of salt, swear that the system which he has developed is the answer to their problems. Farmers in South Australia and Victoria also believe he is right. The Whittington system which involves the construction of a series of banks of impermeable material to intercept the movement of water at surface and sub-surface level. As well as arresting salt encroachment, the holding of water on slopes leads to regeneration of pasture and improved crop yields. There are between 3,000 and 6,000 kilometres of interceptor banks on Western Australian farms.

This article contains three images taken by Alan Rowe: a portrait of Harry Whittington; and David Henderer surveying the rich crop from his interceptor bank.

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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 Daily News
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/56951
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