Environmental funding from the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board will be directed towards two projects under the umbrella of the Weiti Wildlink.
A programme to restore riparian vegetation along the Weiti River will receive $30,000, while the Silverdale Pollution Prevention programme will receive $7000.
The restoration planting will target a reserve at 36 Hibiscus Coast Highway, which is reverting to local board ownership and management. Planting will be undertaken in June next year.
The Silverdale Pollution programme will involve engaging an expert to undertake key tasks such as spill training and re-visits to sites. The Board was told that businesses and industries are interested in being actively involved.
Additionally, the Board allocated $50,000 to the North West Wildlink project, a collaborative effort between Forest & Bird and Auckland Council, with support from the Department of Conservation. The project started in 2006 and is creating a green corridor that links habitats and communities from the Waitakere Ranges to the Hauraki Gulf Islands.
The Board also allocated $33,000 to Love Our Bays initiatives – $18,000 for riparian planting at manly Park and Huntly Road Reserve, and $15,000 for water sensitive design workshops in local schools.