Budget funding to remediate the old Tui Mine site near Te Aroha has been welcomed by Environment Waikato and Matamata-Piako District Council.
The Tui site is presently the cause of contamination of both the Tui and Tunakohoia streams, and there is also an unacceptable risk that the old dam holding back the mine tailings will fail, enabling those tailings to escape into the Tui Stream.
For several years, Environment Waikato and Matamata-Piako District Council have been promoting a solution to the risks posed by this abandoned mine site.
Now the government has indicated a total of $9.8 million over two years would be made available for remediation works at the site. Environment Minister David Benson-Pope visited the area today.
Both Environment Waikato and Matamata-Piako District Council welcome the commitment from government to remove the risk this site poses to the local environment.
“We will work closely with central government to ensure a successful completion of this important project,” said Environment Waikato chairman Jenni Vernon.
“However there will clearly need to be a considerable amount of public consultation and detailed planning required before work actually starts,” she said.
Mayor of Matamata-Piako District Council, Hugh Vercoe, also welcomed the government’s funding of the project.
"This council has waited for many years to see the clean up of this old mine site, " he said. "We congratulate the government on funding the works which we hope will start as soon as possible."