Waikato gets $5.5m in funding for quick-start projects to improve fresh water
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Posted July 05, 2020
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Media Release: Waikato Regional Council
Waikato Regional Council has secured $5.535 million in Government funding for quick-start restoration projects.
Waikato Regional Council has bid for more than $160 million of funding in response to the Government’s call for shovel ready projects to help with New Zealand’s economic recovery from COVID-19. Their bids include funding for flood protection infrastructure and stock truck effluent disposal sites across the region, and they’ve asked for $83m to support more than 20 projects focused on protecting and enhancing water quality, biodiversity, soils and coastal areas.
Today, the Ministry for the Environment unveiled a spend of $62m on Jobs for Nature quick-start projects to improve fresh water as part of the Government’s environmentally-focused COVID-19 recovery funding – $1.3 billion in total. The Jobs for Nature programme accelerates work already being done by regional and unitary councils in fencing off sensitive waterways and riparian planting.
Waikato Regional Council received $2.825 million towards creating a green corridor along the lower Piako River from the Kopuatai wetland to the Hauraki Gulf; $1.74 million towards habitat enhancement following willow and poplar removal along a 17 kilometre section of the Waiomou Stream, a major tributary of the Waihou River; $740,000 towards restoring minimum water levels at Lake Kimihia, near Huntly; and $230,000 towards pest control and planting at Opuatia Wetland in the lower Waikato river catchment.
Funding will allow projects to not only be fast tracked for the benefit of the respective local environments but should support local contractors and businesses such as fencers, arborists, pest control specialists, nurseries and hardware/rural supply stores.
It’s hoped the projects will help local communities recover financially from the COVID-19 response.
Photo: Lake Kimihia lake