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Conflict on saltland reclamation intensifies

Burnett, B. (1978) Conflict on saltland reclamation intensifies. The Countryman, 23 November 1978. p. 8 [Publication] [Special Collections]


Two-page article discussing the previous week's Rural Press Club saltland tour.
The tour was designed to introduce the media to the proponents of the two major philosophies on saltland reclamation and management.
One factor which was clear at the start was that WISALTS has a group of extremely enthusiastic members and no doubt much of the rapid rise to prominence of the group attributed to this.
The confrontation between officers of the Department of Agriculture and the farmers' group appears to be a legacy to the days with the department representing the authority figure, bureaucrats to be wary about.
The claim by WISALTS to return saltland to full production appeals to farmers.
Clive Malcolm, research officer in the soil research and survey section of the Department of Agriculture said that farmers who were claiming success for the Whittington interceptor banks tried the department's recommendation first , the results would have been similar.

This article contains four images, one portrait of Harry Whittington standing in a grassed paddock on the property of Tom Mills at South Quairading; one image of Clive Malcolm in the background explaining his theories with two unknown WISALTS supporters in the foreground; one image of unknown on the left with Tom Mills explaining how the area of saltland had been returned to potential cropping land; one image of Clive Malcolm standing in a test hole at Kellerberrin.
Photographer credits to Guy Magowan.

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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/57816
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