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Three Waters ‘Better Off’ Funding

Three Waters

In April 2022, the Government announced that councils could apply for Tranche 1 of the Three Waters ‘Better Off’ Funding from July 2022, with applications closing 30 September 2022. Tranche 2 applications will open in July 2024.

As part of Tranche 1, Masterton District Council has been allocated $3.88 million.

Over May and June 2022, the council identified and shortlisted projects that would meet the funding criteria.

We asked the community whether we should apply for Tranche 1 funding, and if so, how we should use it. This engagement has now closed, but will inform next steps for Maserton District Council.

Our Project Short-List

Our project short-list included eleven projects:

  1. Targeted Wastewater Renewals – $2 million over 2 years
  2. Trust House Recreation Centre & War Memorial Stadium Assessment and Splash Pad Feasibility – $120K
  3. Mobile EV Library – $350K
  4. Animal Shelter Enhancements – $500K
  5. Planting for Biodiversity and Fish Passages (primarily at the Mākoura Stream, Homebush area) – $200K
  6. Mana Whenua Partnership Project – $575K
  7. Seed funding for an On Demand Bus Service – $100K
  8. Urban Safe Transport Trails (incorporating Historic Walking Paths) Business Case and Detailed Plans – $50K
  9. Air Quality Actions Scope and Business Case – $100K
  10. Pūkaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre – $200K
  11. Climate Change Activator for 3 years – $250K

The estimated total cost of these projects is $4,445,000. That’s more than the $3,880,000 available to Council in Tranche 1, so we asked, if we go ahead with applying for the funding which of these projects we should prioritise.

Community feedback was sought to assist Council in deciding which projects are included in our final funding proposal if Council decide to apply for Tranche 1 funding.

For more information on our 3 Waters ‘Better Off” funding short-list and how we got there, read our Information Document.

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