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Gingin Farmers Triumph : new life for Beermullah

Piggott, R. (1984) Gingin Farmers Triumph : new life for Beermullah. The Countryman, 22 November 1984. p. 30 [Publication] [Special Collections]

Summary

There has been success in reclaiming the freshwater-turned-polluted Beermullah Lake, a triumph for local farmers and the Gingin Shire. Beermullah Lake was the site for a gathering of soil conservation groups including the Land Management Society, various soil conservation district groups, the Western Australian Commissioner of Soils, his New South Wales counterpart, Department of Agriculture staff and WISALTS attending. The fight to save Beermullah Lake started in 1976 when nearby farmer, Eric Harris reported that the lake was becoming polluted. The lake's surface was covered with algae, fed by superphosphate, animal manures and other fertilisers swept from surrounding farmland. The lake was once a popular swimming spot and wildlife sanctuary. Mr Harris wrote to the Gingin Shire Council who in turn wrote to the Environmental Protection and Wildlife Authorities for advice, but neither expertise or funding was forthcoming. In the summer of 1981/82, 21 of Mr Harris' cattle died from botulism after drinking water from the lake and a smaller lake. The Gingin Shire contacted Harry Whittington of WISALTS to consider the problem after no action from other authorities. Gavin Drew, a neighbouring farmer, used interceptor drains to restore farmland which advisers from the Department of Agriculture said that he wasting his time.

This article contains three images: Gingin Shire president Bruce Roe, Land Management Society president Harry Whittington and Commissioner of Soils in Western Australia Graham Robertson; Gavin Drew of Gingin; and an interceptor bank on Gavin Drew's property.

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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: ©1984 The Countryman
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/58574
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