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Productive transitions

(1987) Productive transitions. Elders Weekly, 15 October 1987. p. 10 [Publication] [Special Collections]


Twelve years ago when the Department of Agriculture's Kalgoorlie District Office began a trial, at the request of the Goldfields Dust Abatement Committee, on methods of stabilising the huge tailings or slime dams, the first consideration was to reduce the fine dust which blew off the dumps. With the pressure on mining companies to rehabilitate leases, the emphasis has changed to include the establishment of perennial plant cover on similar disturbed areas across Western Australia. Research officer, Tony Petersen believes the $260,000 industry-funded project has already indicated effective re-vegetation of the dumps is possible, providing mining companies are prepared to modify dump-building practices. Mr Petersen said that some of the older slime dams around Kalgoorlie were built when fresh water was used, so although they are now salty they are not too salty for plants to germinate and grow on them.

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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 Elders Weekly
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/60251
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