Chimney sweeps are now being re-listed in Auckland’s capital’s budget.
The council’s capital plan will set out a range of new and more effective ways to tackle the threat of chimney sweeps, which are a real problem in Auckland.
It will set a target to get 60% of chimneys swept in a single sweep within the next five years.
It’s part of the council’s strategy to reduce the number of people living in homes with chimneys and get more residents into the home.
The Auckland City council’s budget for the year ending June 30, 2019, says chimney sweeping is a “real problem” in the city and will provide $30m in funding.
Council spokesman Dave Kelly said there was a focus on getting people into homes and helping them to reduce their impact on the environment.
“Chimney sweeps can be a very costly issue and are not something that’s been solved overnight,” he said.
“We’ve set a goal of getting 60% [of chimneys] swept in the next 5 years.”
“There is a lot of work being done by the council to make the city more energy efficient.”
He said it was hoped the new funds would help the council get more people into the homes.
The funding will be put towards building homes and getting more residents in, including a focus in Auckland on how to increase the number that lived in a house.
“A key priority will be to make sure people are getting into the right places to get the energy they need,” he added.
The plan comes as a report into the threat posed by chimney-sweeping birds was released on Tuesday by the Department of Conservation.
The report found that the threat to the city was growing as the number and types of birds increased and people moved to cities.
The National Conservation Council said it would be “very disappointing” if the council didn’t increase funding to help tackle the problem.
“The council will be able to continue to fund the city’s current programme for chimney cleaning but we are disappointed that the council has chosen to do so by prioritising the development of new methods of cleaning and the construction of new homes,” the council said.
The new funding will come as a welcome boost to the council, as it was under pressure from the council not to provide more money to help people deal with the problem as it would mean fewer chimneys.