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Salt banks plan in question

Gill, I. (1979) Salt banks plan in question. Western Farmer and Grazier, 9 August 1979. [Publication] [Special Collections]


A wide division of opinion has arisen over the value of interceptor banks in the treatment of salt affected land and the control of stream salinity between the Agriculture Department, Public Works Department and other parties. Agriculture Department Katanning branch officer-in-charge Joe Burdass suggests that advocates of the interceptor banks may lose sight of the facts and in doing so will mislead farmers. The Public Works Department has been accused of interpreting the Whittington interceptor banks trial at Batalling Creek in the narrowest sense, with criticism being voiced in a report to Works and Water Supplies Minister Graham MacKinnon by University of Western Australia geography department head, Arthur Conacher. Mr. Burdass maintains that farmers could be wasting money on interceptor banks as major scientific studies had shown that the main source of salt is related to the movement of water deeper down in the grounds which brings the stored salt in the soil to the surface. Mr Conacher claimed that negative conclusions reached in the progress report reflected the authors failure to realise the objectives of the experiment, and also criticised the validity of some data within the report, claiming the findings in fact presented considerable grounds for optimism.

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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/57350
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