Nelmac, will be in ‘jandals and all’ to support the Department of Conservation (DOC) should crowd-funding result in a privately-owned slice of Awaroa Inlet being purchased by the public and vested to Crown estate.
With 30 conservation rangers among the company’s 250 staff, Chief Executive Lee Babe says Nelmac is ideally placed to lend DOC a hand should the public tender succeed.
Babe contacted DOC’s Nelson District conservation partnership manager Martin Rodd on Waitangi Day offering “around $5000 worth” of in-kind sponsorship in the form of conservation services labour from the company. Babe said he and Rodd discussed how Nelmac could assist with things like helping with removal of any unwanted structures or exotic plants from the 7 hectare site and the possibility of supplying eco-sourced native plants for any revegetation if it’s required. He says if amalgamation of the property with the National Park is really on the cards, then offering support to DOC around the transition is the biggest contribution Nelmac can make. “Otherwise it could be a bit of a hospital pass for DOC. But we’re in the environment business too, we’re local and we’ve said to DOC if it happens we’ll help.”
With public pledges to the Give a Little campaign gaining momentum, the $2m target is starting to look doable indeed.