Hi everybody, before we get started discussing possibilities for the tour, I thought it would be of interest to provide you all with information on the organisation we are fund raising for - STOP.
Save the Otago Peninsula Incorporated Society (STOP) is a community based environmental group. It was formed in 1980 in response to the possible construction of an aluminum smelter at Okia Flats as an alternative to Aromoana. STOP now exists to protect and enhance the natural environment of the Peninsula. It monitors and reacts to potential threats to the environment. It works to raise concern for the protection of the environment and it organises practical ways in which people can make a contribution. The Society's activities include encouragement of, and financial assistance with, the protection of bush remnants on the Peninsula, revegetation, protection and enhancement of the habitat of indigenous bird and animal species, pest control, mounting displays to encourage public awareness of, and concern about, environmental issues on the Peninsula, and the preparation of publications describing aspects of the natural environment of the Peninsula. Submissions on District Plans, Annual Plans, policy strategies and Resource Consents have led to us being included in local body working parties on environmental concerns and the society is included in the Stakeholder List for the long Term Community Plan.
STOP initiated the campaign to encourage the Dunedin City Council to purchase for a Regional Park, the block of land that includes Harbour Cone with subsequent recreational opportunities and the opportunity to protect its natural values, rather than risking further residential development.The Society obtains regular income by selling postcards featuring aspects of the natural environment of the Peninsula. Grant assistance and donations are sought for specific projects. No membership fees are charged to reduce administration. It has almost 150 members, as well as other people who volunteer to assist with various aspects of its activities.