Funding allocated to enhance and protect our environment

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Funding allocated to enhance and protect our environment

Minister of Conservation Hon Kiri Allan (centre front) celebrates the announcement of a $7.5 million boost for the Te Hoiere/Pelorus Catchment Restoration Project in Marlborough

In its second year, the Working for Nature/Mahi mō te Taiao fund has awarded environment grants to 25 projects across Marlborough in an effort to protect and restore native habitats on public, private and Māori-owned land.

This year Council received 36 applications from community groups and landowners for projects ranging from small-scale plantings in forgotten vineyard corners to large-scale goat control in the Marlborough Sounds.

Environment subcommittee Chair, Councillor David Croad, said this year’s grants, the second round of Working for Nature/Mahi mō te Taiao funding, attracted a lot of interest which was great to see.

“Of the 36 applications received, seven were fully funded and 18 partially funded. Overall, more than $250,000 was requested, which exceeded the $90,000 fund,” Clr Croad said.

The grants were created to build on the success of the Tui to Town and Greening Marlborough programmes, which were replaced by the new, expanded scheme.

“It’s encouraging to see more interest from the community to enhance and protect our natural environment. While we were unable to fund all applicants, it demonstrates the interest to create enduring outcomes for native biodiversity,” Clr Croad said.

The grants were awarded under two categories, Habitat Marlborough and Protecting Marlborough. The Habitat Marlborough projects will restore native habitats, improving biodiversity and freshwater quality. The Protecting Marlborough category is to control animal and plant pests.

The subcommittee carried out its initial assessment and awarded grants based on a project’s merits, including biodiversity benefit; a clear project plan and outcomes; level of co-funding and in-kind contributions; long-term viability and community support. Successful applicants will complete their work by 1 June 2022, with verification by the Council.

For more information on the successful applicants that the Environment Grants subcommittee allocated grants to, visit: https://www.marlborough.govt.nz/our-community/grants-and-awards/working-for-naturemahi-mo-te-taiao