Today’s announcement from the Government that Tasman District Council has been granted $7 million from the Ministry for the Environment’s Freshwater Improvement Fund is great news for the Waimea River, says Waimea Irrigator’s Limited Chairperson Murray King. The funding will go towards the construction of a dam that will be used to increase minimum flows in the Waimea River, resulting in a positive effect for adult trout, small trout, eels, torrentfish, koaro, upland bully and food producing habitat.
Waimea landowners have expressed strong interest in purchasing shares in Waimea Irrigators Limited (WIL), a company established to advance the funding and construction of the Waimea Community Dam. The shares will be used to fund the minimum $15 million required from landowners towards the total cost of the dam.
Lifestyle block owners and irrigators on the Waimea Plains should have received an information document and survey in February. The survey is seeking expressions of interest in the purchase of shares which will fund Plains water users’ equity contribution to the construction of the proposed Waimea Community Dam.
Waimea Irrigators Limited has been busy over the past few months, progressing activities relating to the Waimea Community Dam. This includes the preparation of a shareholder information document that will be circulated to irrigators over the next three weeks. The document was created to provide people with up to date information on the proposed dam project and to establish the level of support from water users, in order to proceed to the next stage.