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Land bans: minister admits secret move

Collis, B. (1979) Land bans: minister admits secret move. Western Farmer and Grazier, 11 January 1979. p. 1 [Publication] [Special Collections]


Anger is mounting after the news that all further land clearing in three big south west catchment areas has been banned. The clearing bans will affect hundreds of farmers in 11 shires stretching from York to Manjimup. Despite the enormity of the situation and its implications, the Works and Water Supplies Minister Graham MacKinnon didn't disclose any information regarding the legislation enforcing the ban until two days after the Western Farmer reported on it and after numerous inquiries to his office. Mr MacKinnon admitted the secrecy was deliberate to prevent farmers quickly clearing land before the bill became law. The legislation bans all clearing, including that needed for fence lines, fire breaks and to push up and burn timber already bulldozed. It is designed to head off water salinity problems in the Kent, Warren, Denmark and Helena river catchment areas and the Mundaring Weir catchment. The legislation makes provision to obtain a clearing licence, with penalties to be imposed for any lawbreakers. The government has taken aerial photographs for the policing of the regulations.

This article contains a drawn map of the three main catchment areas affected by the clearing bans.

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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/57366
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