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Cobden Aromahana Ecological Restoration Group
Improve inanga spawning and a wetland ecosystem on Cobden Island by re-instatement of former water channels using a hydaulic excavator, followed by riparian plantings, as well as weed and predator control. Also, a total of 56 bird species have been recorded of which 18 are threatened. A bird hide is under construction, and there are proposals to build interpretation panels and develop the area's recreational potential. The Group is a partnership between local volunteers, the Grey District Council, the West Coast Whitebaiters Association and the Department of Conservation.
Funding and guidance for the project is provided by DOC, ($60,000 spread over three years). From July 2015 responsibility will be handed to the Grey District Council and the community, although DOC will still provide advice.