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Banks yield extra bonus

(1980) Banks yield extra bonus. The Countryman, 23 October 1980. p. 3 [Publication] [Special Collections]


Some farmers who were apprehensive at building interceptors on their farms to control salt encroachment, brightened up when they discovered a new source of stock water. Corrigin farmer Richard Towers has constructed about five kilometres of interceptor banks over the past two years on a 200 hectare salt flat. After construction Mr Towers found water quickly seeped through the seams, the water was diverted into a dam and provided water for sheep throughout the year. The WISALTS group which is responsible for the interceptor banks system in Western Australia claims that fresh water from the banks is occurring fairly frequently on farms. WISALTS claim that the water source is running underground in what is known as sand seams, and if this is tapped before it reaches flatter country, it can be used for stock. The sand seams were found in many areas and could be identified using aerial maps which were available for all agricultural areas.

This article contains an image of Richard Towers beside the sand seam soak on his Corrigin farm.

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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/57143
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