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Community split over future of wheatbelt lakes

Zekulich, M. (1987) Community split over future of wheatbelt lakes. The West Australian, 16 July 1987. p. 55 [Publication] [Special Collections]


The Yenyenning Lakes, situated 30 kilometres south east of the small wheatbelt town of Beverley is said to be three times saltier than the Indian Ocean. According to local farmer Trevor McLean, 20 years ago the lakes, which form a major catchment for the wheatbelt, were beautiful with green trees, swans and ducks and now the trees have died, nothing lives there, and farmers are losing land to salinity. The search for solutions has provoked emotion charged confrontation and controversy. The crux of the matter is a causeway known as the Qualandary Crossing, situated on an important bypass road to Corrigin at the junction of the lakes and the Avon River. The crossing constitutes a barrier to the flow of water from the lakes into the Avon River system.

This article contains three images by Graeme Dalton: local swimming pool known as Turkey Cock Creek ruined by silting; a view of dead trees; and local committee chairman Fred Bremner at the Qualandary Crossing.

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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 West Australian
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/60203
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