Oparara 2018

Organisation or Group Requesting Funds: 
Oparara Source To Sea
Contact Person: 
Liz Kerslake
Email Address: 
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What do you want funding for?: 
A limestone wall, gravel, picnic tables and a sign. These will be located at the Oparara Reserve. Members of the local community have been caring for this piece of land since further back than we can remember, and we hope to continue caring for it for as long as it is there. We aim to begin the flood mitigation and site maintenance work as soon as we have the funds available - this could be completed within a month, depending on the availability of local contractors. We would aim for three picnic tables and professional signage to be completed by the end of 2018.
How does this relate to our community plan?: 
Support for the project, as a contributing part of our community’s vision for a source to sea sanctuary, was unanimous at the Community Hui (May 5th 2018). It is quite unusual for our community to agree completely on something! Protecting and promoting the Oparara is now part of our community plan.
What is the start date / what is the end date?: 
01.08.2018 - 31.12.2018
Where will the benefit of this grant request be realised?: 
Karamea (Buller District)
What are the expected benefits/outcomes?: 
We protect a unique patch of remnant coastal forest from flooding, so its resident wildlife can keep their home; our community and generations ahead can to enjoy visiting and tending the place, and we have a valuable seed source for re-wilding more of our land. We all learn in the process.
Briefly describe your project or planned activities: 
Flood mitigation along the river bank put in place two years ago has proven to be beneficial in halting the erosion and stabilising the bank. We used local limestone rocks put in place by a local contractor, paid for by funds raised by RKET via a community festival held at the Reserve. Our intention is to extend the limestone flood wall for a further 30m in each direction to protect the native forest, especially the saplings which are now sprouting following the swells of cyclones Gita and Fehi earlier this year. We will also continue with the ongoing native planting near the entrance to the Reserve, and undertake maintenance (gravelling) to the parking/turning areas to mitigate damage caused by vehicles during wet spells. We will install three picnic tables built using local timber and craftsmanship, and beautiful signage to inform visitors. Our effort is part of a larger vision our community holds to create a Source to Sea Sanctuary along the Oparara River.
How will you show you have achieved it?: 
The limestone wall extension will be put in place and the river bank will retain its form. The forest and its inhabitants will flourish. Visitors will be informed by our sign and enjoy using the picnic tables. We will document the process with photos and stories.
Select the ethnic groups or communities which will benefit from your activities or project: 
All
What is the total grant you are requesting, exclusive of GST?: 
$16,940
Status: 
Pending Review
 
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