Enviornment and Heritage Funding Allocated
The council’s Public Services Committee has now allocated the 2018 funding for both the MainPower Hurunui Natural Environment Fund and the Hurunui Heritage Fund.
Established in partnership with MainPower, the Hurunui Natural Environment Fund supports community initiatives to improve the district’s biodiversity. The Fund is for residents undertaking work on public or private land that improves, benefits, restores or reinstates indigenous natural qualities.
This year’s Fund was shared amongst six deserving recipients, and totals $10,000. The recipients of the funding and their projects are as follows:
- Tutton, Seiko & Hill, native planting at local winery
- Chris, Jane and Jim Earl, Scargill Creek regeneration
- Peter and Susan Turnbull Trusts, Mt Terako predator trapping
- Waikari Hall and Reserve Committee, Waikari Domain planting
- Leithfield Beach Residents Association, restoration of forest walkway
- Puketira Deer (Matthews family), Weka Creek sediment flow reduction
Public Services Committee Chair Councillor Fiona Harris says the Environment Fund provides vital encouragement to both individuals and small communities in our district, enabling them to develop key environmental initiatives.
“The quality and range of applications was strong this year and it is pleasing to see such a wide variety of different environmental focuses represented. I look forward to seeing the results of each project and how they enrich the Hurunui’s biodiversity.”
The second funding allocation the committee signed off on was the council’s Hurunui Heritage Fund, which is for projects that improve the preservation and understanding of the district’s heritage.
Three recipients, will receive a share of the $5000 of funding available. The list of recipients is as follows:
- Amuri Historical Society
- Cheviot Historical Society
- Church of the Epiphany, Hanmer Springs
“It is a real privilege for our committee to also sign off on the heritage funding because all of these voluntary initiatives play a part in enhancing, explaining or restoring significant heritage values of the district for the benefit of the wider public,” says Cr Harris.
Recipients of each award have been contacted and will receive their awards at a special joint ceremony at the Community Service Awards night on Friday 29 June.
For a full list of the funding allocated from both funds click here.