Report of the Judge
Mr. F. A. Maegher
Twice Winner of the Hanslow Cup and Member of the Committee of
Mallee regional soil conservation board
15th November, 1946.
The purpose of the Soil Drift Control Competitions, which are conducted by the State Rivers and Water Supply Commission, is to help you to save your soil which is your greatest asset and a heritage for your children and the nation.
I feel sure that the report of the Judge on the work of the successful competitors in the Soil Drift Control competitions conducted recently will be of great value in helping you to save your soil. There should be no need here for me to stress the tremendous loss of soil by wind erosion that is taking place in the Mallee.
The Mallee school children in a recent School Book Project told the story, much of which was taken from the Competition reports, which set out the methods used to prevent erosion. The costs to the State for cleaning sand from water channels have become so enormous that other districts have had to go short of money for maintenance.
This cannot go on.
Last season some channels were not run and a number of farmers were compelled to cart water.
In a number of Mallee districts the country is eroded so badly and the cost of cleaning the channels so high that the Commission has to seriously consider abandoning some of them. Knowing the hardship this will cause, the Commission hates the thought of taking such action, but there is a limit to the amount of money that can be spent on removing soil from channels.
I am appealing to you, and all Mallee farmers, in your own interests and in the interests of your less fortunately situated fellow farmers, to use every effort to keep the soil where it belongs-on the farm.
The Commission wishes to thank the Judge and those farmers who made their farms and methods available for inspection, also the Massey Harris MacKay Co., The International Harvester Co., The State Savings Bank, The Melbourne and Geelong Woolbrokers Association, Messrs. W. S. Kimpton and Son, W. C. Thomas and Sons, and Noske Bros., who by their generous donations year after year make the Competitions possible.
H. Hanslow, Commissioner.