Salinity: A New Balance

Salinity: A New Balance Report

  • Author(s): Frost, F., Hamilton, B., Lloyd, M., Pannell, D.
  • Published: 2001

Abstract: The predicted extent of dryland salinity in Western Australia is very great and the threat to public and private assets is undeniably serious. The available evidence suggests that more than four million of 18 million hectares of agricultural and public land may be affected by salinity with significant impacts on biodiversity, water supplies, rural towns and other infrastructure. With these projections it is not surprising that salinity has become an important catalyst for change in Western Australia. The Taskforce considers that much has been achieved since the Government launched the Salinity Action Plan in 1996. A primary achievement has been a much better understanding of the real scale of the problem and in the face of this, recognition that there are currently few economically viable options to manage salinity. The solutions to salinity are not simple. Salinity has also sparked serious debate about future land uses and what is actually achievable in terms of landscape change. Whole new areas of research have become established and there are increasingly urgent calls to recognise the roles of different approaches to salinity management. The Salinity Taskforce considers that salinity can and should be usefully viewed as an opportunity and driver to develop new sustainable industries, landscape systems and management techniques. In part, this means accepting that salinity will be part of our future landscape and must therefore influence our ways of doing business. A key part at the approach recommended by the Taskforce is the creation of opportunities which are jointly positive for the community, the environment, and the economy. Substantial changes in current farming practices and land use will be part of this. In seeking this outcome the Salinity Taskforce recommends that the State should attempt to capitalise on opportunities that integrated responses to salinity management might present. These include opportunities through as yet undeveloped industries, such as in power generation, wood production, food production, mineral production, and carbon sequestration among others, and in the developed industries such as wool and meat production.

Notes: The report of the Salinity Taskforce established to review salinity management in Western Australia

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Frost, F., Hamilton, B., Lloyd, M., Pannell, D., 2001, Salinity: A New Balance, Report, viewed 08 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=4045.

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