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Yealands Wines Marlborough Sustainability Initiative

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The Yealands Wines Marlborough Sustainability Initiative will make available $100,000 every year for local environmental projects. Projects can apply for individual grants of up to $10,000 per year. The Initiative specifically supports not-for-profit community efforts to improve freshwater quality, the preservation of sensitive natural areas, and/or biodiversity in the Marlborough district. So much good work is already being done throughout Marlborough, and this fund has been established to help community groups do even more.

Congratulations to the successful applicants from round two:

1. Taimate Trust – Lake Elterwater: restoration of native vegetation to Marlborough’s 2nd largest freshwater wetland, identified as a Significant Natural Area (SNA).

2. Peter Mathyssen - Hinepango Drive Wetland, Rarangi: Restoration of Significant Wetland W55 through clearing invasive weeds and planting native vegetation.

3. East Coast Protection Group - Predator Control East Coast: Increased trapping of introduced predators along Marlborough’s east coast to protect endangered shoreline birds and native lizards.

4. Rainbow Sports Club Inc. – Saving Kea from Lead: Protecting kea near the Nelson Lakes from lead poisoning by replacing the nails, paint and flashing on the club’s roof with colour steel.

5. Kaiuma Park Services Ltd. – Kaiuma Bay Pest Control and Replanting: Development of a small community garden to propagate native plants to restore the foreshore and encourage the return of native birds.

6. The Throne – Mary’s Wetland: Transformation of circa. 13 hectares of potential wetland through extensive native plantings.

The YSI will be open again for applications mid-2021.