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4 Beneficiaries and Contributors

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The catchment area of the Waikato and Waipa rivers, and the flood protection and soil conservation schemes within it, are important to the economic, social, cultural and recreational well-being of the greater Waikato Region.

Council considers that Project Watershed provides direct benefits to landowners in or near scheme areas. It also provides indirect benefits to both the local community near the scheme areas and the wider Regional community beyond the local scheme area. Council also notes that there are individuals and identifiable groups that contribute to the need for aspects of the works that make up Project Watershed proposals

Set out below is general discussion on beneficiaries and contributors. Where appropriate, these issues are considered in more detail later in this document.