Thursday March 8, 2018
Predator-free ecofriendly Wellington priority for council
Expect to see more of these sort of boxes around Wellington as the council boosts funding in its aim to make the city predator free. PHOTO: Supplied
Wellington Mayor Justin Lester is giving Wellington’s predator-free projects extra priority and is bolstering the city’s efforts to be eco-friendly. “Committing long-term funding for community-led predator-free projects shows we’re deadly serious about making our city predator free and enabling native biodiversity to flourish,” the mayor says. Wellington City Council’s draft 10Year Plan, released on Friday evening, earmarks $3.6 million over 10 years to support the predator-free goal. That includes funding for community groups to install and manage traps in Wellington. “We’re fortunate and thankful that
more than 5000 Wellington households and numerous community conservation groups are already involved in predator control projects,” the Mayor says. “It’s heartening to see Wellingtonians already coming together on this important issue, and we’re proud to increase our funding for these community-building eco-initiatives.” The Predator Free Wellington project — a partnership between Wellington City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council and The NEXT Foundation to rid the city of rats, possums and mustelids — will be rolled out on Miramar Peninsula this year before being implemented citywide.
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