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Building banks can stop the slide to salt

Piggott, R. (1987) Building banks can stop the slide to salt. Stock and Land, 6 November 1987. [Publication] [Special Collections]


Benalla district farmer, Alex Martin is confident that WISALTS interceptor banks work. Mr Martin has seen the turn around in his land since the first construction of banks in 1981 and his views have been reinforced by visits to Kangaroo Island in South Australia and Western Australia where the banks are widely used. Mr Martin quotes Western Australia Soil Conservation Commissioner, Dr Graeme Robertson when he says more money has been spent by farmers on interceptor banks in the last few years in Western Australia than the entire salinity research budget of that state's Department of Agriculture. Mr Martin said interceptor banks on his property not only stopped the salt but increased pasture production by holding water up on the slopes.

This article contains two images: Alex Martin on his property with an interceptor bank; and eucalyptus trees surviving on salted land.

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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 Stock and Land
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/60554
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