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Group launches all-out war against salt

Gill, J. (1978) Group launches all-out war against salt. The Countryman, 11 May 1978. p. 32 [Publication] [Special Collections]


Over the last century in many wheatbelt areas, as native trees and vegetation were cleared for cropping programmes, the water table has risen and leaching has robbed the soil of natural goodness. Previously water ran slowly down slopes through the roots of the trees, but now it flows swiftly and carries with it a build-up of salt crystals. WISALTS aims to control and halt the spread of salt and to reclaim land that has already been affected. Harry Whittington has been battling against the authorities to have his interceptor bank method of salt control accepted. He uses a system of fairly deep banks dozered at intervals along a slope, with these acting as trees to halt the quick flow of water. The two aims of WISALTS are: controlling salt, using the Whittington interceptor method; and to strive for full tax deduction for salt control and soil conservation.

This article contains two images by Joe Wheeler: Journalist Jackie Gill standing on an interceptor banks with Lyndon Henning; and a portrait of Harry Whittington.

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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: ©1978 The Countryman
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/57391
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