Media Release – 4 September 2014

Strong level of applications for river clean-up

The Waikato River Authority has received 52 applications to fund river clean-up projects totalling $17.2 million in its fourth funding round.

Applications for the Authority’s latest funding round closed at the end of last week. There is up to $7 million available for initiatives that help restore or protect the Waikato and Waipa Rivers.

Waikato River Authority co-chairs Hon John Luxton and Tukoroirangi Morgan say the strength and quality of applications that have been received in this funding round is extremely encouraging.

“We are particularly pleased to see such a strong connection between our updated Funding Strategy and so many of the applications. We’ve wanted to be more directive in outlining the priorities for restoration and so it is gratifying to see that direction reflected in the project proposals.”

The applications will now undergo an independent evaluation process. The evaluation panel will make recommendations to a sub-committee of the Authority who in turn will then make the final funding recommendations to Authority’s board. It is intended that successful project applicants will be announced by the end of November.

In the previous three years of funding, the Waikato River Authority has allocated approximately $16 million to 108 individual projects. The Authority advocates for an integrated and cohesive approach for clean-up activities across the river catchment, that covers 11,000 square kilometres.