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Uproar on bid to drain farm water: Jandakot farmers fear ruin

(1977) Uproar on bid to drain farm water: Jandakot farmers fear ruin. Western Farmer and Grazier, 14 April 1977. pp. 1-7 [Publication] [Special Collections]


Western Farmer exclusive feature discusses farmers and market gardeners at Jandakot are in a uproar over Metropolitan Water Board moves to tap the local underground water supply.
The farmers say the board's proposals will wreck the livelihood of many farmers in the district.
The Water Board plans to sink bores in the area to draw six million kilolitres a year for the Perth metropolitan water supply.
Local graziers and market gardeners said the draw-off by the board would lower the water basin level and ruin the area for feed and vegetable growth.
Water Board general manager, Frank Armstrong told Western Farmer that landholders' viewpoints had been heard, but said it was felt that after practical experience they would overcome what they feared.
Gil Charwell, a local grazier, said the scheme would benefit thousands of metropolitan people, but to do this the board seemed prepared to persecute the 3oo or so living at Jandakot.
Chairman of the local committee set up to tackle the problem, Denis De Young, described the whole deal as the biggest con-trick ever pulled.

This two-page article contains four photographs, one portrait of Gil Charwell; one portrait of Denis de Young; one photograph of a water pumping unit; one photograph of Don Whiteford standing reading a piece of paper.

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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: ©1977 Farmer and Grazier
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/58003
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