The Manawatū River Leaders’ Accord is celebrating work achieved under a $5.2 million Central Government fund which wrapped up earlier this year.
In August 2012, the Fresh Start for Freshwater Clean-Up Fund provided for a comprehensive work programme designed to complement or accelerate water quality work underway, and complete work that would otherwise be unlikely to happen, in the Manawatū Catchment.
Applications for the latest round of Manawatū River Leaders’ Accord grants are now open to assist community groups with projects that will increase engagement and improve water quality in the catchment.
Horizons Regional Council chairman Bruce Gordon says the new round stems from the Manawatū River Leaders’ Forum’s desire to achieve greater community involvement in clean-up initiatives; an area of focus evident in the recently released Action Plan 2016-21.
Minister for the Environment Dr Nick Smith joined Iwi/hapū, council and community leaders in Palmerston North today for the formal launch of the new Manawatū River Action Plan.
The Plan is a commitment by Iwi/hapū, local and central government, industry, farming, environmental and recreational leaders to over 100 collaborative actions put forward to improve the state of the Manawatū River over the next five years.
There's been a quiet transformation taking place along the river's edge in Palmerston North. As stop banks have been improved, so too has the walkway, signage and access; opening the door for cyclists, walkers and joggers to enjoy the river's beauty.