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Dean and Tanya Butler farm between Bruce Rock and Merredin in the Belka Valley. In 2004 the family purchased a neighbouring farm which included saline water courses making up much of the non-arable land (approximately 100ha). Over the years the Butler family have actively sourced available funding to try and transform this salt affected area. Without any financial assistance to improve the landscape it remains marginal grazing land. To paint a clearer picture, it is characterised predominately by samphire (Halosarcia spp.) and bluebush (Maireana brevifolia) vegetation, interspersed with clay flats and deteriorating areas of York Gum bush. “If overstocked the area is severely eroded by wind” Dean added, “To make matters worse, secondary salinity was creeping into our cropping paddocks. Something had to be done”.

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