The Waikato River Authority has approved the first funding applications of itsinaugural funding round, with decisions having been made on projects seekingfunding of under $50,000.
Applications for Waikato River clean-up projects closed at the end of last year.
The Waikato River Authority has been meeting this year to make its decisions onfunding.
A total of $698,818 has been allocated to 24 projects in the under $50,000 category.
Successful applicants are in the process of being notified.
Examples of funded projects include removing car bodies from the Waikato River,school and community tree planting initiatives, and industry co-funded restoration projects.
The River Authority has up to $6 million to allocate in this first funding round and isstill to make decisions on larger projects.
These projects will be decided on within the next three months.
The Authority is a co-governance body established between the Crown and WaikatoRiver Iwi to restore the Waikato River.
It is co-chaired by Mr Tukoroirangi Morganand the Hon John Luxton.
The co-chairs say they are pleased and encouraged by the quality of the applicationsand the overall response from a wide range of organisations wanting to partner withthe Authority to clean up the river.
The first funding round for cleaning up the river was massively over-subscribed withmore than $55 million sought from the $6 million pool.
The Authority’s region for funding includes the Waikato River and its catchmentfrom Huka Falls through to Port Waikato.
It also includes the lower part of the WaipaRiver below the junction with the Puniu River (near Pirongia).
The government has committed $210 million over the next 30 years to ensure theAuthority has the resources it needs to restore and protect the Waikato River.
More information about the Waikato River Authority is available on it’s website www.waikatoriver.org.nz
For more information contact:
Waikato River Authority
Ph: 0212 456359