Whanganui community project shares $100,000 in climate funding

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Whanganui, New Zealand – Eight community projects in Whanganui have shared $100,000 in funding from the Whanganui District Council’s Community Climate Action Fund.

The fund supports not-for-profit projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions or increase community resilience to the impacts of climate change.

The projects that received funding are

Tallapoohi Bush Park ($20,000)
Braided River Trust ($18,500)
Traditional Food Crops Research Trust ($17,500)
Eco-Schools ($11,500)
New Zealand Rocha ($10,500)
Ngapela Kaihu Land Trust ($10,000)
Whanganui Sustainable Trust ($9,000)
Science House ($3,000)
Caroline Arroworth, the committee’s climate change adviser, said she was impressed by the range of topics covered by the grant program.

Whanganui community project shares $100,000 in climate funding

“This is the second round of funds and it’s great to see the high standard of applications again,” she said.

“The projects that have been funded range from re-establishing local wetlands to ensuring that the biodiversity of our area is future-proofed, and from providing free home advice to improve energy efficiency to enabling the church community to take practical action to mitigate climate change,” she said.

Grant recipients are selected by the Community Climate Action Fund Advisory Panel, which consists of tangata whenua and community representatives, subject matter experts and council staff.

The fund is being tested over a two-year period and is currently under review. Arosworth said Wanganui is one of four councils across the country selected by the Auditor General’s Office to have aspects of its climate change work program audited.

“The auditors will review the progress of the strategy from planning to implementation,” she said.

“In our climate change strategy, we are committed to helping our communities take climate action, and the Community Climate Action Fund is an important part of how we achieve this.

The Community Climate Action Fund is a positive example of how local government can support communities to take action on climate change. All of the projects funded make a valuable contribution to reducing emissions, building resilience and creating a more sustainable future in Whanganui.

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