Efforts to restore a section of Coxhead Creek have received a significant boost with a $16,500 grant from the Rodney Local Board Healthy Harbours Waterways Fund.
The money will go towards 250 metres of fencing and the purchase of 3000 native plants.
The application for funding was submitted by Coxhead Creek Trust, supported by Whangateau Harbourcare.
The group’s application stated that the project would be a catalyst for collaborative change in the creek’s catchment, situated between Whangateau and Matheson Bay.
“It’s the first step in the restoration of the stream, and a precursor to collaborative action across adjoining stream properties,” volunteer project coordinator Alicia Bullock says.
Bullock says there is increasing concern about the ongoing and apparent increase in major sediment discharge into Whangateau Harbour from the upstream catchment.
“Investigations have revealed that erosion in Coxhead Creek is a major source of this sediment. A critical mass of landowners, residents and community groups have come together to address the erosion issue in a holistic manner.”