Fifth funding round gets underway
The Waikato River Authority is opening it’s fifth funding round for river clean-up projects from Monday (15 June 2015) with up to $6 million available.
Funding applications will again be managed online through the Waikato River Authority website www.waikatoriver.org.nz and will close on 14 August 2015. As part of the funding process, the Waikato River Authority has also reviewed, and published its Funding Strategy 2015 which is also available online.
Waikato River Authority co-chairs Hon John Luxton and Tukoroirangi Morgan say funding priorities include the Waipa and lower Waikato River catchment, wetland restoration and projects that are focused on improving water quality.
“In order to provide certainty to groups and individuals looking to carry out river clean-up projects with Waikato River Authority funding, our funding strategy is relatively unchanged from the previous year,” says Mr Luxton.
“We know that many projects require multi year planning and delivery, so we are conscious that we need to give a consistency of approach in terms of signaling what is important. We believe this will ultimately give the best outcome long-term for the river,” he says.
This year’s Funding Strategy also includes a policy position from the Waikato River Authority on the fencing standards required for restoration planting that has been funded by the Authority. This outlines the requirement for both sheep and cattle and for electric and standard fencing. The Funding Strategy is also indicating that where project funding is invested in environmental land improvement then the legal protection of that land via covenant maybe required. This is more likely to be requested for land areas where Waikato River Authority project funding exceeds $100,000.
The Funding Strategy 2015 is available on-line at www.waikatoriver.org.nz/key-documents or from the Waikato River Authority at 21 Rostrevor Street, Hamilton.
To date the Waikato River Authority has distributed $22 million to 141 projects over four funding rounds from 2011. A full list of projects is published on the Authority website.