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More co-operation likely on salt-land problems

(1978) More co-operation likely on salt-land problems. The Countryman, 7 September 1978. p. 7 [Publication] [Special Collections]


Article discusses a meeting in Koorda which could foreshadow improved communication between the Department of Agriculture and the WISALTS group.
The meeting arranged by the Koorda Shire included Farmers' Union, Shire and WISALTS representatives who discussed a number of district problems with the Minister for Agriculture, Mr. Dick Old and the Director of Agriculture, Mr. Noel Fitzpatrick.
The Shire President, Mr. Bill McNee said salt encroachment was affecting some of the district's most valuable land.
Mr. Fitzpatrick confirmed the seriousness and complexity of the problem.
Mr. Fitzpatrick said the department had collected a great deal of information and that the department had concluded the prime cause of salt encroachment in most parts of the wheatbelt was saline water under pressure in subterranean aquifers allowing upward movement of water and salt.
There are some situations in which the movement of water could be intercepted with banks but these banks did not provide the solution to the problem in most areas of severe salt encroachment.
The pressure was caused by intake areas on higher land which fed these aquifers.
Mr. Fitzpatrick said Brookton farmer, Harry Whittington who had introduced the interceptor bank concept to Western Australia had made a significant contribution to the extent that he had generated interest in the salt problem.
Mr. Neil Henning, a WISALTS representative, welcomed the idea of working with the Department of Agriculture and making a start on improving communication, by organising a tour which would take in salt areas being treated by interceptor banks and methods recommended by the department.

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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/57714
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