Community conservation work gets Government funding

Monday, September 28, 2015

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said she was delighted community conservation work around Otago and Southland was being supported by Government funding.

“Local people in communities around the region do some wonderful work in protecting the environment and it’s only appropriate that Government funding is made available to support that work.

“Part of the drive to support the community is about getting young people involved in caring for the environment.

“That’s why the just announced $566,000 of funding from the Community Conservation Partnerships Fund for environmental education projects aimed at young people is so important.

“The New Zealand Association of Environmental Education will receive $20,000 for a conference bringing together local government, community groups, schools and young people to promote environmental education and the Fiordland Conservation Trust gains $66,066 for the Kids Restore the Kepler programme.

“Other funding recently announced, of $157,500 for the control of wilding pines in the Naseby Forest, was a massive bonus for the area, as was the $10,000 for the Wakatipu Wilding Conifer Control Group to be used for Adopt a Plot, a community initiative to control wildings on the slopes of Ben Lomond in Queenstown.

“It is vital for the future of conservation in this country that we’re able to support organisations that are doing great work in our region and to encourage the next generation to enjoy value and protect our natural world.”