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Farms may go to save Mandurah

Southwell, M. (1987) Farms may go to save Mandurah. The Western Mail, 10 January 1987. p. 2 [Publication] [Special Collections]


Hundreds of farmers in the South-West may be forced to convert their land to tree plantations in a bid to save Mandurah's polluted estuary. A State Government environmental report is to be released in March and is expected to recommend major changes to land use in the estuary's catchment area which stretches from Armadale to Harvey. Fertiliser and effluent from over 450 farms on the coastal plain drain into the Peel Inlet and Harvey Estuary causing algal blooms. The farms produce is worth over $40 million a year but the blooms are choking the waterway and killing its marine life. Poor fish and crab catches are in turn affecting Mandurah's 60 professional fisherman and the town's tourist based businesses. The Department of Conservation and Environment's estuary expert, Dr Bob Humphries said a 70 percent reduction in phosphate run off into the estuary had to be achieved to solve the algae problem.

This article includes a map showing the estuary catchment area stretching from Armadale to Harvey.

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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: ©1987 The Western Mail
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/60012
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