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Report on banks questioned

Gill, I. (1979) Report on banks questioned. Western Farmer and Grazier, 8 November 1979. [Publication] [Special Collections]


Both the basis and conclusions of a report which criticises the use of interceptor banks and drains to control salinity have been sharply questioned. Harry Whittington, the Brookton farmer who pioneered the extensive use of interceptor banks in Western Australia, has dubbed the Holmes report, tables in parliament last week, as "a lesson in ancient history". Mr Whittington criticised the report, saying that Professor Holmes was engrossed in his own theories and beliefs and was unable to comprehend alternative systems which can create the balance between food production and maintaining water quality. The report called for a trial of the Whittington system at Batalling Creek to be ended. A spokesman for Works and Water Supplies Minister Graham MacKinnon, said the department "will at least get results from the second and possibly third year of the trial". Mr Whittington pointed to what he considered were several inaccuracies in the report and Professor Holmes' "ignorance of changes in the soil which caused the salinity problem".

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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: ©1979 Western Farmer and Grazier
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/57230
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