Auckland City Council has allocated the Heritage Fund conservation grants for the Hauraki Gulf islands for 2007/2008.
A mix of applicants from Rakino, the Noises, Waiheke and Great Barrier Island applied for funding. There was a range of submissions, spanning from major applications to proposals for small on-going management or starter projects.
Most of the projects successfully applied for are continuing pest and weed control. Deputy chairperson of the City Development Committee, Councillor Graeme Mulholland, said that this is an important focus of the Heritage Fund.
"The fund provides an important source of financial support for landowners seeking to enhance biodiversity on their land for the benefit of all Aucklanders."
"This year's grantees are working on some innovative projects, such as a major pest-eradication project on Great Barrier Island using new predator-proof fence technology. Another successful grant is towards the creation of a gecko habitat on a residential garden, which provides a model for the average urban dweller anywhere in the Auckland region," he said.
The following recipients will receive grants from the Heritage Fund:
Recipients – Waiheke Grant (including GST)
Brian Griffiths – Hauraki Island branch Forest and Bird $5,250
Margaret Mills and Trevor Darvill $1,000
$Guy Camilleri $500
Andrea Blanchette $750
Geoff Dawson $5,000
Recipients – Great Barrier Grant (including GST)
Judy Gilbert (Windy Hill Rosalie Bay Catchment Trust) $10,100
The Orama Christian Community Trust $2,000
Tony Bouzaid (Glenfern Sanctuary) $14,300
Caleb Clarke (Awana Catchment Trust) $2,000
Emma Waterhouse $3,600
Recipients – other islands Grant (including GST)
Sue West, Rakino $500
Rod Neureuter (Noises Islands Family Trust) $5,000