Environment Waikato has awarded $83,500 to community groups to help improve the environment.
The funding, from the Waikato Regional Council’s Environmental Initiatives Fund, was granted to:
- Te Horanganui Marae ($12,000) to complete gully restoration and conduct an environmental education programme on the marae in Melville.
- Education 2021 ($5,500) for signage on the kauri track at the Waiomu Domain north of Thames and to support the Pohutukawa Festival.
- Keep Hamilton Beautiful ($3,000) for the beautification of the Marama Street railway verge in central Hamilton.
- The Hakarimata Restoration Trust ($7,500) to develop a management plan for the restoration of the Hakarimata Scenic Reserve near Huntly and Ngaruawahia.
- The Otorohanga Zoological Society ($6,000) for an educational display on the effects of predatory animals such as stoats, weasels and ferrets.
- The Port Waikato Camp School Trust ($4,000) to help fund composting toilets as part of the school’s environmental education programme.
- Thames Coromandel District Council ($38,000) to prepare a business case study for the proposed park on the Te Kouma peninsula near Coromandel township.
- The Tongariro National Trout Centre ($5,000) for an educational display at the new visitor centre near Turangi.
- Whitikahu School ($2,500) for an organic vegetable garden and a native plant garden.
Environment Waikato has allocated $240,000 during the current year for community-based environmental initiatives.
Environment Committee Chair Cr Lois Livingston said applications were all of a very high standard.
"We all want a healthy environment – that's what we're here for. It's groups like these which get out and really make the difference and it's great that we can support them."