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Brookton man solves salt problem

Brindal, R. (1988) Brookton man solves salt problem. Western Farmer Magazine, 9 June 1988. p. 3 [Publication] [Special Collections]


Harry Whittington's work with interceptor banks has been very beneficial, the first were installed in during the mid to late 1950's, representing one of the biggest changes in the appearance of the Wheatbelt since clearing for agriculture began. When Mr Whittington's father took up his property 'Springhill' in 1897 it was the best country on a pastoral run stretching from Mundaring to Pingelly. By the time he took over the farm in 1942, he had an asset that was rapidly becoming a liability. Mr Whittington studied terracing in Asia and thought interceptor banks could be to Australian conditions what terracing was to Asian agriculture, with the theory to keep nutrients, water and organic matter in the soil as far up the slope as possible. In late 1978 a society to promote the banks, the Whittington Interceptor Salt Affected Land Treatment Society (WISALTS) was formed and has been busy every since. Productivity has been raised considerably on 'Springhill' since the dismal days of the 1940's and 1950's. Harry Whittington retired from active farming with the sale of his 1280 hectare 'Springhill' property at Brookton early last year, before he sold his property the success of the banks was so great that even the protein level of his wheat was generally above district averages.

This article includes an image of Harry Whittington holding up a photograph of the land in front of him when it was badly degraded.

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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 Elders Weekly
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/60699
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