Contestable funding rewards community biodiversity projects
Nine new community groups have received funding of $129,000 over three years through a Greater Wellington Regional Council contestable fund to help restore and protect local biodiversity. This brings the total number of community restoration projects being supported through this fund this year to fifteen.
“We received a record number of applications that met the criteria this year and we couldn’t choose between them – so we decided to award all of them!” says Jo Fagan, Senior Biodiversity Advisor.
Projects range from wasp control to track development to school children growing plants, with restoration sites varying from established native bush to degraded urban streams.
The successful applicants of Greater Wellington’s Collaborative Project Contestable Fund 2018 are:
The fund was established to support community groups to restore, maintain or protect native ecosystems in Te Awarua-o-Porirua Harbour wider area (which stretches south to Johnsonville and as far north as Pukerua Bay) and the Wairarapa Moana area.
The fund can be used to purchase native plants, plant protectors, fertiliser, materials to grow native plants and tools; provide pest plant and animal control; and supply refreshments for working bees.
Members of Greater Wellington’s Biodiversity team will be available to provide advice and support if required.
“This work will ultimately make each of these communities a better place for everyone to enjoy and we look forward to supporting each group to realise their vision,” says Jo.