Jobs for Nature funding protects health of Hawke’s Bay waterways

first_imgJobs for Nature funding protects health of Hawke’s Bay waterways A joint Government and Hawke’s Bay Regional Council project will invest $4.2 million to protect local waterways, enhance biodiversity and employ local people, Environment Minister David Parker announced today.Over two years, the Hāpara Takatū Jobs for Nature project will fence 195km of private land to exclude stock from vulnerable slopes, riparian plantings, and local waterways. The project is expected to create 31 jobs over its lifetime.Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and central Government are contributing $2.1 million each towards the project.“It’s great to see the willingness of landowners, local and central government to work together, led by the guiding principle of Te Mana o Te Wai that prioritises the health and wellbeing of our freshwater,” David Parker said.Te Mana o Te Wai is the guiding principle of the Essential Freshwater package, announced by the Government earlier this year. That package includes stock exclusion requirements.Preventing stock from entering waterways is one of the simplest and most direct ways to reduce pollution, prevent fragile banks eroding, reduce sedimentation, and allow riparian plants to grow.About 50 landowners have come forward to be part of the project and fence their land.“We know how important the health of our waterways is to all New Zealanders. Our Essential Freshwater regulations aim to stop further degradation, show material improvements within five years and restore our waterways to health within a generation,” David Parker said.“This project is a great example of people coming together to implement Essential Freshwater, create jobs and restore and protect the environment.”The funding is part of the Government’s $1.3 billion Jobs for Nature programme, which is creating jobs to benefit the environment and support and speed up the economic recovery from COVID-19. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:biodiversity, coronavirus, council, covid-19, environment, Freshwater, Government, jobs, Minister, New Zealand, pollution, project, wellbeinglast_img

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