Huge con­tri­bu­tion

The Chronicle - - NEWS | OPINION -

IN READ­ING the ar­ti­cle on “The Fu­ture of our Earth”, the Toowoomba Chron­i­cle 14/8, I was re­minded of four men who af­ter the Sec­ond World War were con­fronted by many of the things raised in this ar­ti­cle.

Th­ese men were Frank Skin­ner, Stan Pain, Jock Hart and Stan Klose. They all worked with the De­part­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries and started when it was in the Court House build­ing op­po­site the Strand pic­ture theatre in Mar­garet St.

Those peo­ple trav­el­ling on the old War­wick high­way from Toowoomba will see (where it crosses the Fin­nie rail­way line), a num­ber of con­tour banks. They are on the eastern side of the high­way on the south­ern side of the rail line.

Th­ese banks were built just af­ter the war as a demon­stra­tion area by Frank, Stan and oth­ers to show a way to stop soil ero­sion which was get­ting out of hand over many ar­eas of farm land. Frank Skin­ner’s quote af­ter heavy sum­mer storms: “The Downs ran black blood”.

Jock Hart came to this coun­try and was associated with the Bri­tish Food Cor­po­ra­tion ef­forts in Cen­tral Queens­land at Peak Downs. He was associated with farm sys­tems and agron­omy.

Stan Klose was a weeds spe­cial­ist. Th­ese four men had an in­cred­i­ble ef­fect on food pro­duc­tion across the Downs – let us not for­get them. Frank Skin­ner was also associated with cloud seeding ex­per­i­ments with CSIRO in­clud­ing the Downs area. — W. MARTIN, Wyreema

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