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Saving the farmlands from the invading salt

Zekulich, M. (1978) Saving the farmlands from the invading salt. The West Australian, 22 May 1978. p. 7 [Publication] [Special Collections]


The controversial issue of how to reclaim Western Australian farmlands affected by salt has been taken a step further by a group of farmers who have set up a new organisation. It is called WISALTS, which stands for Whittington Interceptor Salt Affected Land Treatment Society. WISALTS aims to come to terms with what many people consider to be the worst problem affecting Western Australian agriculture, the loss of production due to salt encroachment. Brookton farmer Harry Whittington has developed a system based on ancient Chinese and recent American methods which involve interceptor contour banks to trap trap falling rain preventing surface or near subsurface water flows to valleys where saline areas develop. The Agriculture Department recommends, in moderate and severely affected areas, the control of grazing, cultivation and the the planting of salt tolerant plants, and says that while Mr Whittington's methods may have a limited application in certain specific types of salt problems, it is not a general solution. Clive Malcolm, an Agriculture Department research officer, has been working on salt affected land in Western Australia for about 23 years and believes Mr Whittington's methods could make the position worse in time by increasing saline areas.

This article contains an image of Harry Whittington holding a newspaper clipping showing his son in a reclaimed salt area taken in May 1970, with the current regrowth in the background.

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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 West Australian
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/57452
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