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Farm group to check on clearing

(1979) Farm group to check on clearing. The West Australian, 25 June 1979. p. 32 [Publication] [Special Collections]

Summary

Article discusses the Farmers' Union and the Sate Government with opposing opinions of whether any illegal clearing is being done by farmers in some South-West catchments.
The Farmers' Union executive director,Mr. R. Gargett claims that there could be 30 to 35 farmers involved.
The land being cleared was much more than just a token protest against the clearing bans, which apply in the Mundaring Weir and Denmark River catchments and the Warren River and Kent River water reserves, Mr. Gargett said.
Many farmers claim that it would bring many to their knees economically, and gave the State Government until next Saturday to change its stand, otherwise widespread clearing without a permit would be implemented.
The Minister for Works and Water Supplies, Mr. MacKinnon said that department officers investigated and no illegal clearing had been found.
Any farmers convicted may face fines up to $1,000, and in addition they may be ordered to restore the land with a tree cover within a certain time.

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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 The West Australian
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/57329
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