Today LDCT received an amazing boost in funding from LINZ as part of their jobs for nature programme. This Funding will allow us to deliver 10 jobs over the next four years that will focus on landscape restoration, community outreach, and the development of a shared community vision and plan for Lake Dunstan.
The Government’s Jobs for Nature programme aims to increase nature-based jobs that benefit the environment and support the economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic.
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New Zealand’s longfin eels have been classified as “at-risk declining” by the New Zealand Threat Classification System and faced pressures from ongoing habitat loss, commercial fishing, migration barriers and mortality at hydro-structures.
The eel trapping and transfer programme catches and measure eels before releasing the migrants downstream of Roxburgh Dam. From there, the fish still have another 120km to swim to the sea.
A nearly $1 million investment will deliver 23 jobs and include landscape restoration, community outreach and the development of a shared community vision for Lake Dunstan.
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Cromwell’s lake guardians have been calling for Contact Energy to clean up a section of Lake Dunstan causing a stink for locals.
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