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Anti-salt drainage system faulted

(1979) Anti-salt drainage system faulted. 31 October 1979. [Publication] [Special Collections]


Article discusses the recommendation of a soil-salinity expert that tests on a drainage system designed by a Brookton farmer to reduce soil salinity should be terminated.
A report tabled in the Legislative Council from Professor J.W. Holmes, said that he had no enthusiasm for the kind of drainage advocated by the Brookton farmer, Mr. H. Whittington.
Professor Holmes, the Professor of Earth Sciences at Flinders University in South Australia, was appointed by the Government after doubts had been raised about the effectiveness of the drain trials being held at Batalling Creek, a tributary of the Collie River in the Wellington catchment.
Mr. Whittington's interceptor contour banks trap falling rain, preventing surface or near-surface water flows to valleys where saline areas develop.
The interceptor banks are in opposition to the Department of Agriculture's position, which claims to have scientific evidence that salt is forced up into valley areas from depths below the surface.
Professor Holmes said that the salinity problem in Western Australia should be attacked with better technological skills than the present drainage systems appear to possess.

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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
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/57247
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