Waikato River Authority signals funding priorities for 2018
The Waikato River Authority has announced funding it will have available for 2018 and signaled a strong desire to continuing working on measuring effectiveness of projects in the year ahead.
The Authority has again allocated $6 million for clean-up projects in this its 8thyear of funding.
A key influence for identifying projects in the year ahead will be the recently launched Restoration Strategy for the Waikato and Waipā river catchments.
This 15-year masterplan strategy, developed with extensive collaboration, prioritises restoration work that can provide the greatest benefit for the catchment.
Waikato River Authority Chief Executive, Bob Penter, says completion of the Restoration Strategy is a significant step forward in ensuring clean-up work is as effective as it can be.
“With 11 thousand square kilometres of catchment, and potentially decades of delay before improvements can be seen, it is a constant challenge to ensure effort and resources are well targeted. By establishing a blueprint for restoration priorities, we are in a much stronger position,” he says.
In addition, the Authority is also looking to focus on measuring effectiveness. Considerable effort has already been put into developing a Report Card for the health and wellbeing of catchment, and it is likely this work will be built on in the next year or two.
The Waikato River Authority has also taken steps to enable smaller organisations to apply for funding. The Authority has lifted the requirement threshold for GST registration. Previously projects greater than $10,000 needed GST registration but this has now been lifted to $25,000.
The 2018 funding process will open on 2 July with applications again being managed online through the Waikato River Authority website www.waikatoriver.org.nz. Applications and will close in late August. The Funding Strategy 2018 is also available on-line, or from the Waikato River Authority at 21 Rostrevor Street, Hamilton.