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Salinity a rural disaster: report

Meertens, G. (1988) Salinity a rural disaster: report. The West Australian, 1988. p. 1 [Publication] [Special Collections]

Summary

A major parliamentary inquiry has found that whole farming communities could be wiped out, water supplies destroyed and hundreds of millions of dollars in agricultural exports lost as salinity overtakes Western Australia's rural areas. The Legislative Council's select community on salinity reported that unless the situation was reversed large parts of Western Australia's agricultural areas could be turned into salt affected wasteland within the next 20 years. Liberal MLC and Legislative Council chairman, David Wordsworth said that the committee was shocked at the situation. A discussion paper prepared by the committee says the productivity of farm land is falling, trees are dying, river systems are being polluted and water resources for drinking and recreation are being spoilt.

This article contains a map showing 'potential high salinity area' in Western Australia.

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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: ©1988 The West Australian
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/60635
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