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Abattoir consent granted

Environment Waikato and Waipa District Council have granted an application from an abattoir to continue discharging paunch waste and disposing of solids on a Higgins Rd farm.

Battle to control Contorta pine

Environment Waikato is working with the Department of Conservation, Ministry of Defence and trustees of Maori land blocks to control the spread of contorta pine in the central North Island.

Watch out for pampas

Environment Waikato is raising awareness of invasive pampas grass in the Region and wants to give landowners advice on effective control methods.

Geothermal parties debate Wairakei plans

Parties to the proposed consent applications to use geothermal energy from the Wairakei field near Taupo have spent three days working on technical areas to prepare for the consent hearings.

Duck hunters warned of lake algae danger

Waikato District Health Board is warning duck hunters gearing up for the start of the season in three weeks that algal blooms in the Waikato’s shallow lakes are a danger for them and their dogs.

Council agrees on changes to geothermal plans

Environment Waikato’s Policy Committee has recommended a framework and principles for changing its policies on managing geothermal resources in the Region to the Council.

Council praises city sanctuary project

Environment Waikato’s Environment Committee has praised a proposal to develop a natural heritage sanctuary at Hamilton’s Horseshoe Lake.

Low risk from compost dumping at Horotiu

The risk of a Painted Apple Moth infestation in the Waikato from Auckland compost dumped at the Horotiu landfill is low, according to project director Ian Gear.

Congestion focus worries Council

Roading projects to relieve city congestion should not be given priority over serious safety issues, the Waikato Regional Land Transport Committee has told Transit New Zealand.

Council urges access for forestry vehicles

Environment Waikato is urging the Government to ensure that any treaty settlement over central North Island forestry areas guarantees open access for forestry vehicles.

Police struggle to keep road toll down

Police will struggle to keep the road toll down over the next eight years because of the reduction in roading funding, Police representative Inspector Leo Tooman told this week’s Environment Waikato Regional Land Transport Committee meeting.