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Front line in war against salt

Middleton, J.O.G. (1980) Front line in war against salt. The Countryman, 10 July 1980. pp. 7-9 [Publication] [Special Collections]


Work is being undertaken, using various methods, to halt the salt encroachment in the wheatbelt. One farmer in particular, Walter Gardner, considered the concept of interceptor banks for his 2,994 hectare property at Yorkrakine to combat the salt problem. Early work included installing contour banks on his property, but found although the banks stopped some water erosion, they enhanced the salt problem. Mr Gardner continued his association with the Department of Agriculture until 1974, and then became interested in the theories offered by Harry Whittington. He was the first person to install interceptor banks in the Tammin shire in 1977 along the lines that Mr Whittington suggested and since then has found grass growing on previously salt affected land.

This article contains three images by Greg Burke: an interceptor bank; compacted land under a normal wheat and sheep programme; and Walter Gardner examining an area of land with his son James.

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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: ©1980 The Countryman
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/57032
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