Cre­at­ing your own wet­land

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE -

Do you dream of your land hav­ing its own pond teem­ing with wa­ter­fowl? Have you con­sid­ered turn­ing a swampy gully into a wet­land that pro­vides hunt­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and adds a great aes­thetic fea­ture to your prop­erty? If so Fish & Game want to help you.

Both Otago and South­land Fish and Game have a pro­gramme to ad­vise and fi­nan­cially as­sist you with the de­vel­op­ment of a wet­land or pond. A pool of money from fi­nan­cial penal­ties im­posed on hunters break­ing the rules has been set aside to as­sist with wet­land cre­ation. A con­tri­bu­tion of $1,000 will be pro­vided to ap­proved works fol­low­ing iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of a suit­able site and com­ple­tion of earth­works. $1,000 equates to about a day’s hire of a 12 tonne dig­ger.

There is no re­quire­ment for land­hold­ers tak­ing up the fi­nan­cial in­cen­tive to make their wet­land or pond avail­able to the public for ac­cess or hunt­ing, or have spe­cial covenanted con­di­tions im­posed.

Please con­tact the Otago Re­gion on 03 4779076 or South­land on 03 2159117 if you wish to dis­cuss a pro­posal or ac­quire other in­for­ma­tion.

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