8 August 2017
A Government grant of $6.5m towards a proposed reticulated sewerage scheme for Tarawera is great news, Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick says.
The proposed project is one of several grants from the Government’s Freshwater Improvement Fund (FIF) announced today [Tuesday 8 August 2017]. An application to the fund was lodged by Rotorua Lakes Council as part of work to consider options for a reticulated sewerage scheme at Tarawera.
“I’m very pleased we’ve got confirmation of central government support through this fund,” Mayor Chadwick says.
“The grant announced today is a great boost to progressing the proposed Tarawera project to protect our lakes water quality and public health and contribute to our district’s sustainability.
“The Tarawera community is very committed to this project and will be thrilled.”
Work to investigate a reticulated sewerage scheme for the Tarawera community gathered momentum late last year when the Tarawera Sewerage Committee was established at the community’s request. With support from Rotorua Lakes Council and other agencies, the committee is investigating options for a scheme.
“This is a similar community-led approach that has progressed the East Rotoiti/Rotoma scheme,” the mayor says. “That scheme also attracted external funding and I understand further external funding will be sought for Tarawera.
Council committed $50,000 in the 2015-25 Long-term Plan to progressing the proposed Tarawera project and it will be considered as part of Council’s 2018-28 Long-term Plan process later this year.
The committee established last year to consider options for reticulation at Tarawera includes representatives from the Tarawera community, iwi, Te Arawa Lakes Trust, Lakes Water Quality Society, Rotorua Lakes Community Board, Fish and Game, Federated Farmers, Project Rerewhakaaitu, the Ministry of Health, Department of Conservation, Rotorua Lakes Council and Bay of Plenty Regional Council. The committee is headed by independent chair Glenn Snelgrove was appointed as the independent chair.
Rotorua MP Todd McClay has also welcomed the funding.