Funds for en­vi­ron­ment ef­forts

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‘‘Porirua Har­bour is one of the most sig­nif­i­cant ar­eas in the re­gion for na­tive plants and an­i­mals.’’

Com­mu­nity groups that are fo­cused on restor­ing the Porirua Har­bour can ap­ply for fund­ing from the re­gional coun­cil.

Ap­pli­ca­tions to the Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil’s Porirua Har­bour Restora­tion fund are open.

It was es­tab­lished last year and aims to sup­port com­mu­nity groups to re­store ecosys­tems around the Te Awaruao-Porirua Har­bour catch­ment.

This area has bush, wet­land and coastal habi­tats that sup­port a di­verse range of bird, fish and plant species.

Last year five groups re­ceived a share of $24,000 for work with plants, plant­ing and prepara­tory weed con­trol.

Re­gional coun­cil bio­di­ver­sity man­ager Tim Por­te­ous said the coun­cil was work­ing with Welling­ton and Porirua city coun­cils and Te Ru­nanga o Toa Ran­gatira to im­prove the health of the har­bour.

‘‘Porirua Har­bour is one of the most sig­nif­i­cant ar­eas in the re­gion for na­tive plants and an­i­mals. To­gether we can trans­form places around the catch­ment into havens for peo­ple and our na­tive wildlife to en­joy.’’

Grant money can be used for na­tive plants, ma­te­ri­als, pest plant and an­i­mal con­trol, tools and work­ing bees.

Go to gw.govt.nz for ap­pli­ca­tion in­for­ma­tion. Ap­pli­ca­tions for 2016 fund­ing close 30th Septem­ber 2016.

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