Clean-up vol­un­teers wanted

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS -

Awa­puni Cleanup: Satur­day, Septem­ber 15, 2pm. En­vi­ron­ment Net­work Manawatu¯ (ENM) and Manawatu¯ River Source to Sea are part­ner­ing with Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil (PNCC) to col­lect rub­bish along the river at Ahi­mate Park, be­low the Awa­puni Re­cy­cling Cen­tre. Keep New Zealand Beau­ti­ful are pro­vid­ing bags and gloves for vol­un­teers.

PNCC staff will be on hand with shel­ter, lit­ter pickup sticks, wa­ter and trans­port to shut­tle vol­un­teers from the meet­ing point to the event lo­ca­tion. Vol­un­teer reg­is­tra­tion is 1.30pm in the Paneiri Park carpark. The Koanga Spring Bon­fire takes place in the evening, with food trucks and mu­sic.

Dam open day

Mar­ton Dam Open Day: Satur­day, Septem­ber 15, 9am. The Ran­gi­tikei District Coun­cil parks team in­vites all com­mu­nity mem­bers to an open day at the Martin Wa­ter Reser­voir. Help with some plant­ing, check out the ex­cit­ing fu­ture plans for the site, and en­joy a bar­be­cue to top it off. Boots or sturdy footwear are rec­om­mended, and please bring a spade if you have one.

Track walk

Ara­puke For­est Park: Satur­day, Septem­ber 22. Join For­est & Bird and Ian Ar­gyle for a walk along the Back Track to look at ferns, ar­eas Ian has planted, and share some lo­cal his­tory. Ian was re­cently recog­nised with a QSM in the New Year hon­ours list for his track-mak­ing and ad­vo­cacy work for our lo­cal bush.

Be pre­pared for up­hill sec­tions in the walk and please bring strong shoes, warm wa­ter­proof clothes, lunch and wa­ter. Pre-reg­is­tra­tion is es­sen­tial: Manawatu.Branch@fore­stand­bird.org.nz

Chance to see whio

Walk where the whio are: Sun­day, Septem­ber 23.

Walk through the for­est down to the beau­ti­ful Oroua River, where whio/blue duck (pic­tured) are some­times found. Find out about the Ruahine Whio Pro­tec­tors who check the traps.

You’ll need warm wa­ter­proof clothes, strong shoes and some food and wa­ter but no dogs please. Places limited to 20. Call 027 540 5412 to book.

Pri­or­ity grants

Strate­gic Pri­or­ity Grants open Septem­ber 19-Novem­ber 19. The grants pro­vide multi-year fund­ing for com­mu­nity-led projects, ac­tiv­i­ties or ser­vices. The fund­ing avail­able is $1.3 mil­lion per year for three years, with fund­ing start­ing from July 1, 2019. Fund­ing pri­or­i­ties are based on the Cre­ative and Live­able Strat­egy (to achieve Goal 2: A cre­ative and ex­cit­ing city); the Con­nected Com­mu­nity Strat­egy (to achieve Goal 3: A con­nected and safe com­mu­nity); and the Eco City Strat­egy (to achieve Goal 4: An eco city). The full strate­gies and their sup­port­ing plans are avail­able at https://www.pncc.govt.nz/coun­cil-city/of­fi­cial-doc­u­ments/ strate­gic-di­rec­tion/

Two meet­ings will be held on Septem­ber 10 and 12, where PNCC staff will in­tro­duce the pro­gramme, ex­plain the fund­ing pri­or­i­ties, and out­line the ap­pli­ca­tion process:

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