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Team effort to find the answers in fight against dryland salinity

Team effort to find the answers in fight against dryland salinity. [Publication] [Special Collections]


Neil and Sue Lawrance are well on the way to turning their sheep and cattle property in the heart of the Western District of Victoria into a model farm. Like a number of co-operating landholders around Australia, the Lawrances are working with government researchers to find answers to one of the nation's major environmental problems - dryland salinity. Since 1983 in Victoria, in three very different regions affected by dryland salinity, landholders have been working with State Government agencies on two National Soil Conservation Program (NSCP) funded projects - "the treatment and monitoring of salt-affected catchments", and "plant water use". The Lawrance's property 'Banool' near Cavendish on the Dundas Tablelands in western Victoria is part of both projects. Catchment works for experimental and demonstration treatments have been established for dryland salinity control and are linked to findings from the plant water use trial. The salt problem on 'Banool', located at the top of a catchment was caused by the original clearing of the trees. Mr Lawrance admits that like other farmers, he cannot solve the problem himself without scientists providing answers on plant water use and the in-ground infiltration of water.

This article contains two images: Peter Dixon from the Department of Conservation, Forests and Lands, Hamilton; and Glenn Whipp, district extension officer, Department of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Hamilton with Joost Brouwer, research officer with the Department of Conservation, Forests and Lands, Bendigo.

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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
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/58466
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