Eastern Courier : January 16th 2013
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The Facility Partnership Fund provides nancial support to not-for-pro t organisations undertaking asset development work, or a feasibility study for a facility. Developments with a total project value of $50,000 or more, that are in the local board areas listed below, are able to seek support from this fund. The purpose of the funding is to assist with the development of accessible multi-use community facilities with an emphasis on maximum use, increased community participation and to support community groups to obtain funds from other funding organisations. 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ISSUE 8 ONLINE 22 JANUARY Bird sanctuary so close to city Sunday best: Brightly coloured finches perch on the rocks. By ANNA LOREN Mention the words bird sanc- tuary and most Aucklanders will think of either Tiritiri Matangi or Great Barrier Island, tossed in the far reaches of the Hauraki Gulf. Many have no idea about a world-class bird sanctuary right in their backyard. A short walk beyond the wooden gates of Mangere Bridge s council-owned working farm, Ambury Park, reveals thousands of birds -- around 20,000 during the peak season -- roosting by the rocky shore of the Manukau Harbour. The 7km stretch of coastline which meanders from Ambury to the nearby Otuataua Stone- fields is internationally recogn- ised as a bird roosting and feed- ing area. It forms part of Te Araroa -- The Long Pathway -- a 3000km walking trail stretching the length of New Zealand, from Cape Reinga to Bluff. In a past life, the area was part of the Mangere wastewater treatment plant. It was officially reopened as a coastal walkway in 2005 after a $451 million upgrade to the plant by council-controlled organisation Watercare. At the time it was underta- ken, it was New Zealand s big- gest coastal marine restoration project. Five hundred hectares -- 714 football fields -- of sludge ponds were drained and more than 270,000 native trees were planted in an effort to restore the coastline. Today local fowl are reaping the benefits of Watercare s work, spokesman Daniel Wrig- ley says. About 80 species of birds make their home here at vari- ous times of the year. Many roost on artificial shell islands just off the coast which help to discourage them from flocking at nearby Auckland Airport. It s a solution to an expensive problem -- experts estimate the damage of bird strikes to planes is in the billions of dollars worldwide. Preventing bird strikes is important for conservation efforts too. There are just 5000 wrybills in the world and half of them use Mangere Bridge to roost, ornithologist Ray Clough says. A breeding flock of 12 north- ern New Zealand dotterels, of which there are only 2000 in total, also make their home here. People disturbing the birds is our biggest problem because they ll quite often abandon their nests if they re scared, Mr Clough says. Watercare has a slightly more relaxed view. Plans are under way to open nearby Puketutu Island as a regional park.
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