The money is to address urgent waste management issues and fund a coordinator to drive the project.
Government agencies and representatives of the private sector were asked to meet on 21 October to decide on next steps.
“We need plumbers and drain-layers to inspect septic installations and we need that now,” says meeting participant Rob Coote.
“We need to set up a waste and sanitation unit now,” he stressed.
The meeting concluded that a coordinator is needed to assist the Ministry of Infrastructure and Planning set up a sanitation unit and address other areas that need urgent attention.
The meeting established a sub-committee to refine details of the recruitment process for the coordinator.
Some have said that the coordinator is being asked to do a whole lot and a project team is needed rather than one person.
The sub-committee met the next day and agreed on the skills needed and the recruitment process.