Waikato Regional Council has secured $5.535 million in Government funding for quick-start restoration projects, including $2.825 million towards creating a green corridor along the lower Piako River from the Kopuatai wetland to the Hauraki Gulf. This project is expected to create 47 new jobs.
Category: climate change adaptation
Applications Open for Waikato Regional Council Environmental Initiative Funds
Waikato Regional Council is inviting applications to its Environmental Initiatives Fund. The purpose of the fund is to provide grants to community projects that directly benefit the environment or provide environmental education. Funding up to $40,000 is available. Projects may be funded for up to three years. Applications are open this month and close 5 pm 27 July 2020. Funding up to $40,000 is available. Projects may be funded for up to three years. Applications are open this month and close 5 pm 27 July 2020.
Ridiculous climate change loophole in RMA has been closed
Up until this week decision-makers could not decline large climate-polluting projects such as coal mines and fossil fuel power plants even though they could have huge climate-polluting impacts. Now that ridiculous loophole has been closed. Changes just made to the RMA now means consents for large projects can be declined if they have significant climate change impacts that are inconsistent with the Zero Carbon Act.Read More »
Climate change to be included in all Regional Council decision making
I was elected as Thames-Coromandel representative on the Waikato Regional Council on an election platform for the need to take strong action in response to the climate crisis. I am therefore thrilled that Regional Council has unanimously agreed that an assessment of climate change implications will be required in the preparation of all relevant reports to the council. Read More »
$9 Million to Drain a Sinking Farmed Wetland Below Sea Level ?
A Waikato Regional Council (WRC) project near Ngatea on the Hauraki Plains to use pumps and a canal to drain 1100 hectares of farmland on sinking peatland/wetland has seen the cost rise steeply from $2 million in 2013 to $9 million today. The cost benefit analysis carried out was deficient, and the latest research on potential climate change impacts has not been adequately considered. A rigorous review of the project is required.