New Zealand government boosts funds for contaminated
Four contaminated sites in New Zealand will receive $150,000
from the Government’s clean-up fund, according to Environment
Minister Trevor Mallard. The allocations are the first
from the Ministry for the Environment’s Contaminated
Sites Remediation Fund this year. A total of $890,000
of the $3.28 million annual fund is contestable by regional
councils and unitary authorities through two application
rounds per year.
“These contaminated sites need to be cleaned up for the
sake of communities and the environment all around New
Zealand, and the Government is pleased to be able to
partner councils in getting the job done,” said Trevor
“Six applications were received this time, and four extremely
worthy proposals were chosen. Two have previously received
money from the Fund and it is great to see the relationship
with the councils involved is working well.”
Canterbury: Just over $100,000 in this funding round
goes towards Environment Canterbury’s site investigation
of the “Bankside” pit, a former World War II fuel tank
site that has become an illegal dump.
Otago: About $10,000 goes towards Otago Regional Council’s
remedial action plan for the third stage of the former
Barrow Box sawmill site.
Bay of Plenty: Environment Bay of Plenty gets $14,000
for its clean-up plan for the Omokoroa Boatyard site
where contaminated material is leaching into the valued
Nelson-Tasman: Nelson and Tasman councils are to receive
about $31,000 towards joint investigations of sheep dips
on numerous farms to determine the nature and extent
of possible contamination.
“While the Government has prioritized the funding of
large scale clean-ups, it’s important that smaller projects
also get help from the Fund,” said Trevor Mallard.