Land use into the future: the earthquake recovery fund

Productive rural land was damaged by the earthquake. Some has being left to nature (where steep and unstable) or remediated with machinery, cracks filled in, cultivated, revegetated with grass or crops, or levelled for re-fencing. Rivers have been damaged and damned by slips and are being monitored by regional councils.

To support future land use decisions, a $5 million fund was established in May 2017. Sectors or strategic issues eligible for these funds include viticulture, sheep and beef, diary, seafood, biosecurity, recovery options, catchment restoration and resilience. $4 million of the fund is for community projects, over three years, and has been allocated. $1 million is for professional and technical advisory services about land use planning: 18 farm advisory and rural service providers have been successful.

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