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Calling all Dunedin Conservationist Groups!

Submitted by on April 3, 2012 – 5:00 pm

Applications Now Open for the Speight’s Environment Fund

The call is out! The 2012 Speight’s Brewery Environment Fund is now open for applications, and is seeking Dunedin-based conservationists to collect a share of the funding pool.

Dunedin-based for over 135 years, the Speight’s Brewery has a strong sense of pride in looking after its home region, and wants to support Dunedinites who wish to do the same.

Any Dunedin not-for-profit group that is passionate about caring for the environment can apply for The Fund’s support of their eco-friendly project.

Some past winners include:

Kaikorai Valley College: Kaikorai Stream Restoration Project.
The Kaikorai Valley College will use their share of The Fund to improve the native biodiversity and water quality of the Kaikorai Stream.

Nick and Stephanie Scott: Waikouaiti River Tributary Fencing and Planting Project.
Nick and Stephanie have allocated their funds to help them to protect and enhance a stream on their property via a protective fence and native plants creating an improved habitat for native species such as trout and whitebait.

Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Trust: Possum Control Programme.
This not-for-profit organisation is out to protect the beautiful landscape that is the Otago Peninsula, by putting in place a ‘Speight’s’ bait station line, to keep pesky possums out.

Tomahawk-Smaills Beachcare Trust:  Tomahawk Creek Restoration Project.
The Trust will use eco-source seeds from the Otago Peninsula to improve the Tomahawk Creek for its residents, such as blue and yellow-eyed penguins and sea lions.

“We can’t emphasise enough how keen we are to get as many entries as possible. Every year, Speight’s has a significant pool of money for The Fund, but it doesn’t always all go. If you have a project that fits, we’d love to give you the boost you need,” says Chris Snow, Speight’s Brewery Tour Manager.

“It’s always hugely exciting to see the great work that winners of The Fund do for the Otago environment. I’m really looking forward to watching this year’s winners make their impact,” adds Nigel Smith, Convener of Judges.

An annual donation of $25,000 by Speight’s makes up the base of the Fund (with an additional $21,603 leftover from last year’s Fund) and the remaining $6,942 comes from donations received for water taken from the Speight’s Brewery spring-water tap, and the money made from the sale of reusable water bottles at the Speight’s Brewery Tour store.

Applications can be made through the Speight’s Environment Fund website directly or you can download an application form and email it to applications@speightsfund.co.nz. Applications close 30 April.



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