Conservation Projects win Government Support

Waitaki news
Monday, October 20, 2014

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said she was delighted Central Otago community groups had been successful in securing $230,000 in funding for conservation projects in the area.

“This funding is the first allocation from the new Community Conservation Partnerships Fund (CCPF) which has $26 million available over four years to support community organisations involved in natural heritage and recreation projects.

“In this round about 100 community projects across the country were successful, with community groups receiving funding to work on conservation projects alongside the Department of Conservation. In Southland and Otago 15 groups received support.

“This type of funding is hugely beneficial because by directly supporting community organisations we will see more conservation work being undertaken.

“The Central Otago Ecological Trust received $127,654 for work returning critically endangered native lizards to a part of the Alexandra basin where they once thrived.

“The QEII National Trust in Alexandra received $4030 for Waikerikeri Woody Weed Control and in Wanaka the Matukituki Charitable Trust received $98,235 for West Matukituki Valley Native Species Recovery and Predator Control project.”