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Published: 2000-12-05 00:00:00

Work is likely to begin on several stock truck effluent disposal facilities in the Waikato Region in the next few months, following approval for funding from Transfund.

Transfund approved a funding policy in October for effluent facilities, paying 50 percent of the approved cost of construction and all of the associated roading works cost. Transfund will also pay for site maintenance.

This week’s Regional Land Transport Committee heard that detailed specifications have been prepared for the Taupo saleyards facility and work is due to start on the project in the new year. Planning is continuing on the Morrinsville Saleyards site, with land ownership issues being discussed with the saleyards owner. Otorohanga District Council may make a start on the Otorohanga facility in the next financial year.

Environment Waikato has promoted the development of disposal facilities in the Region to lessen the hazard of stock truck effluent flowing onto the Region’s roads. A pilot programme was supported in South Waikato and Councillors were pleased to see the projects getting underway in the Region.

A national stock truck effluent working group is undertaking a study of North Island sites and a workshop was held in November with representatives from Transit New Zealand, Transfund, North Island regional councils, Road Transport Industry Association, Lincoln University and consultants.