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Funding boost for Mahia waste management

Waste management facilities at Mahia have received a boost of over $200,000.

Round Three of the Tourism Infrastructure Fund saw the Wairoa District Council awarded $229,500 for the upgrade of waste management facilities and installation of a self-contained vehicle waste station on Mahia Peninsula.

The breakdown in funding will see $175,000 invested in waste management facilities for Mahia with $20,000 towards operating and maintenance costs for two-years.

A further $24,500 will go towards a self-contained vehicle waste station with an additional $10,000 operating and maintenance costs for two-years.

In total, $11,949,461 of funding went to 40 successful applicants.

Wairoa District Council chief executive Steven May was thrilled to receive the funding, and praised Council staff for submitting high-quality funding applications.

“Mahia’s waste and recycling needs have increased over the past few years, and we need to ensure that Council is responding to this increased demand.

“Mahia’s population swelled to almost triple over the last summer period and this brings increased pressure on local infrastructure.

“With a combination of locals returning home for the summer and visitors coming through, it’s important that our local infrastructure is able to cope, and that this burden isn’t placed solely on the local ratepayer.

“Through the Council’s Long-Term Plan and Annual Plan, the Council had already committed $150,000 towards the establishment of a green waste and recycling centre at Mahia to accommodate waste and recycling needs more effectively.

“We are exploring options for suitable sites around the Mahia Peninsula.

“Based on community feedback, we are looking to secure a site that will allow extended opening hours and operations to meet demand.

“This requires significant design and coordination with landowners and neighbours and is a process we are working through.”

17 July 2019

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