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Local MP Anne Tolley says a new grant totalling $847,450 for freshwater improvement in Gisborne is great news for the community.

The Government today announced grants of $44 million for 33 projects which, with Council and other contributions, will see $142 million invested in over 100 lakes and rivers across New Zealand.

“We are committed to improving freshwater quality so Kiwis can enjoy our great outdoors,” says Mrs Tolley.

“The Government’s plan to improve water quality of our rivers and lakes involves stronger direction to councils, tighter regulation, as well as funding to support projects.

“I’m delighted that Gisborne will receive $847,450 to improve 30km of the Wharekopae River.”

Funding will go towards fencing of waterways from farm animals, planting along streams, installation of water reticulation systems, cultivating of stock crossings, and riparian and soil conservation plantings. 

These projects will contribute towards the Government’s goals of improving the swimmability and ecological health of waterways.

These grants are the first tranche of funding from the $100 million Freshwater Improvement Fund announced last year.

The Government has been improving the management of freshwater with the water metering regulations in 2009, the National Policy Statement in 2011, the Freshwater National Objective Framework in 2014, and the 90 per cent of lakes and rivers swimmable by 2040 target announced earlier this year.

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