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Salt field day draws many

Collis, B. (1978) Salt field day draws many. Farmer and Grazier, 27 July 1978. p. 13 [Publication] [Special Collections]

Summary

About 250 people attended a salt land field day at Pithara last week to watch the installation of a Whittington reclamation system. WISALTS President Lloyd Richards told attendees that WISALTS was non-political and not aligned with any farmer organisation. Its aim is to cure land of salt, forming groups in each district with a selected representative trained under Harry Whittington. It is imperative that only trained people installed the interceptor banks. Farmers were told that salt was the visible end product of a process that started some 20 to 30 years beforehand, and if interceptor banks had been cut into the land as it was cleared, the subsurface water seepage that started the whole damaging process should never occur. The rain would stay where it fell with water re-entering the subsoil, recharging the aquifer system and ensuring continued underground water supplies.

This article contains four images by Bruce Topham; Lyndon Henning and John Fry with Harry Whittington (on Ute) addressing the crowd; a paddock ripped and ready for pushing by bulldozer; a crowd of farmers watching an interceptor bank go in; and the crowd examining the finished bank.

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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 Farmer and Grazier
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/57404
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