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Published: 2003-03-14 00:00:00

Environment Waikato’s Environment Committee has recommended granting another $30,000 to the Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust project to cover immediate expenses.

The Trust submitted an urgent request for a $49,329 grant from the Environmental Initiatives Fund for immediate operational needs, including office equipment, community consultation, concept design, a website upgrade and a baseline insect study.

The project – to establish a self-sustaining native wildlife sanctuary at Maungatautari south of Cambridge – has already received $40,000 from the Fund to fence the property and has applied for long term funding through the Regional Council’s Annual Plan process.

This week’s Environment Committee meeting was told that capital fundraising for the project was proceeding well but that the Trust’s office in Cambridge needed equipment and supplies. The Trust also plans to fence a small section of the mountain as a test case for the full project. The funds approved will assist the demonstration project.

Environment Waikato has consistently supported the goals of the Maungatautari project and the grant will help the project move forward while long-term funding is being considered.