Authority looking to reach $50m funding milestone

The Waikato River Authority is approaching its 2019 funding round with the prospect of reaching a milestone of $50 million being allocated to waterway clean-up projects.
Applications for this year’s funding open on 1 July and close on 22 August with up to $6 million earmarked for allocation. In the past eight years of funding the Waikato River Authority has allocated more than $44 million to 288 clean-up projects.
Authority Co-Chairs Hon John Luxton and Roger Pikia say the Authority’s funding is reaching a level where considerable momentum is building on restoration activities.
Roger Pikia says the Authority is encouraged by the approaching milestone and what has been achieved so far.
“Of course, there is much more to do in order to restore and protect the health and wellbeing of the rivers but the range of clean-up projects completed to date gives us a lot of encouragement,” he says.
John Luxton says the Restoration Strategy, which was released last year, will again provide strong guidance for applicants wanting to undertake projects and apply for funding.
The Restoration Strategy provides an overall blueprint for restoration work in the catchment, even to the extent of prioritising individual projects, so we definitely recommend this as a resource for funding applicants,” says Mr Luxton.
The Restoration Strategy is available at www.restorationstrategy.nz . Funding applications can be made online here where other funding information is also available.

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