Lakes and wetland restoration feature in latest clean-up funding decisions
The Waikato River Authority has announced it will allocate $4.8 million to a further 33 projects to help clean up the Waikato and Waipa river catchment following its latest funding decisions.
Major projects include:
- A funding contribution of $448,000 for the Rotokauri Reserve restoration being managed by the Waikato District Council near Hamilton
- A continuation of the Matahuru Wetland restoration in the southern area of Lake Waikare with funding of $310,000
- Funding of $830,000 towards stage two and completion of the Waikato and Waipa River Restoration Strategy providing a five to 15 year master plan for the restoration of the catchment.
Waikato River Authority co-chairs Hon John Luxton and Tukoroirangi Morgan say the level of collaboration between groups and organisations involved in clean-up initiatives is again a feature of successful projects.
“We are again encouraged to see that more and more we have groups working together and bringing much needed additional resource and co-funding to these projects,” says Mr Luxton.
The latest funding announcements are for the 5th funding round to be carried out by the Waikato River Authority. To date 170 projects have received Authority funding of more than $27 million and it is estimated that the total cost of these projects including co-funding is approaching $60 million.
Tukoroirangi Morgan says one area of strategic focus for the Authority has been to see wetlands and lakes feature strongly from clean-up initiatives. “These wetland areas are crucial for the well being of the river in addition to having their own important ecological, environmental and cultural value. It is heartening to see lake and wetland projects being successful,” says Mr Morgan.