Derek Shaw’s “Councillor’s comment” 23 June 2012

From ‘Live Nelson’ 23 June 2012

Like all communities, we have many people who contribute their time and/or money to projects or activities that they are passionate about and whose efforts often go unrecognised. The enhancement of our indigenous biodiversity is an area where there has been a dramatic increase in voluntary effort to reduce pest animals and plants and in the re-establishment of native vegetation.

Several years ago, Council established a Biodiversity Forum which involves organisations with a shared interest in biodiversity projects. It includes groups involved in trapping pests in areas such as Marsden Valley, Grampians, Centre of New Zealand and the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary. Other groups have been planting in various locations such as dunes at Tahanunui, Bells Island spit, Orphange Stream banks and Glenduan Reserve.

It is perhaps unfair to pick out one project, but I would like to mention the efforts of those involved in the Paremata Flats Restoration Project. Under the auspices of Forest and Bird, volunteers have trapped over 1,200 pests in the past five years and have just planted 10,500 native trees. So far over $40,000 has been raised and nearly 1,500 hours of volunteer time has been contributed to this Council owned reserve. Check their work and plans atwww.paremataflats.co.nz. Well done to all those involved in such projects and please keep up the good work.

Derek Shaw
Nelson City Councillor