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ORC Flights To Check Land-use Practices Begin Next Week

Friday, 3 July 2020, 3:12 pm | Otago Regional Council

Beginning next week, the Otago Regional Council (ORC) will undertake its annual flights over the region to monitor for sediment disturbance and discharges to water from farming, forestry and other land-use activities. ORC currently has rules in ... More >>

Where’s Wally? ORC Calls On The Public For Help Tracking An Invasive Pest

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 4:04 pm | Otago Regional Council

The Otago Regional Council (ORC) Biosecurity Team is asking the community to let them know ‘Where’s Wally?’ to help find and control Bennett’s wallabies in the region. Wallaby numbers in Otago are still very low, which makes tracking down ... More >>

What Do You Want Otago To Be Like In Ten Years?

Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 2:12 pm | Otago Regional Council

ORC opened online pre-consultation for the Long-term Plan for 2021-31 today. Ten-year planning is about to get underway for Otago Regional Council (ORC) and we want to hear from the community about what kind of region to plan for. Although ORC is only ... More >>

ORC Resuming More Services And Fieldwork At Alert Level 2

Thursday, 14 May 2020, 4:52 pm | Otago Regional Council

The Council fulfilled a range of essential services both in the field and working from home during lockdown. The Otago Regional Council (ORC) is resuming core services at Alert Level 2, while many staff are continuing to work from home. The Council ... More >>

Bus Service Changes At Covid-19 Alert Level 2

Wednesday, 13 May 2020, 4:01 pm | Otago Regional Council

With New Zealand moving to Covid-19 Alert Level 2 on Thursday, more people will be relying on public transport to get around in Dunedin and the Wakatipu Basin. Otago Regional Council (ORC) Transport Manager Garry Maloney said changes to Dunedin Orbus ... More >>

ORC Seeks Community Experts To Help Shape The Future Of Otago’s Natural And Physical Resources

Wednesday, 13 May 2020, 1:38 pm | Otago Regional Council

Over the next two weeks, the Otago Regional Council (ORC) is seeking expressions of interest from people in the community to be part of reference groups for input into its new Regional Policy Statement (RPS). At a meeting on 22 April, councillors ... More >>

Plan Change 6AA To Otago’s Water Plan To Become Operative On 16 May

Saturday, 9 May 2020, 6:27 am | Otago Regional Council

Plan Change 6AA amends the date at which certain Water Plan rules controlling discharge contaminant concentrations and rules on nitrogen leaching come into force from 1 April 2020 to 1 April 2026, by which time a new Land and Water Regional Plan will ... More >>

Moving day for farmers will go ahead

Thursday, 7 May 2020, 3:12 pm | Otago Regional Council

The Otago Regional Council (ORC) is reminding farmers and stock truck drivers to be aware of good practice for safeguarding water quality when moving stock. More >>

ORC Approves Funding For 14 ECO Fund Recipients

Wednesday, 22 April 2020, 4:09 pm | Otago Regional Council

Councillors also agreed to seek an alternative option to support the work of the Southern Great Lakes Programme. The Otago Regional Council (ORC) today approved the recommendations of its ECO Fund Decision Panel to support 14 community-led projects ... More >>

ORC Monitoring Forecast Heavy Rain In Otago Lakes And Rivers

Friday, 17 April 2020, 5:22 pm | Otago Regional Council

ORC Duty Flood Officer Ellyse Gore: The Otago Regional Council (ORC) is keeping a close eye on further heavy rain forecast for East Otago and the Otago headwaters this weekend. The risk of river flooding in the region is currently considered low. ... More >>

ORC To Consult On Lake Wakatipu Public Ferry Service Trial

Thursday, 9 April 2020, 5:05 pm | Otago Regional Council

The Otago Regional Council (ORC) will open online consultation on a proposed 18-month trial of a public service water ferry on Lake Wakatipu on April 14th. Councillors approved the proposal for consultation at a teleconferenced meeting today. The consultation ... More >>

Minister For The Environment Calls In Proposed ORC Plan Changes

Thursday, 9 April 2020, 4:37 pm | Otago Regional Council

The Minister’s decision means that the Water Permits Plan Change and the Water Quality Plan Changes to the Water and Waste Plans will be referred to the Environment Court. The Otago Regional Council has received letters from Minister for the Environment, ... More >>

ORC Chair Emphasises That No Decisions Have Yet Been Made On The Annual Plan For 2020-2021

Wednesday, 1 April 2020, 4:57 pm | Otago Regional Council

Otago Regional Council Chairperson Marian Hobbs is emphasising that the council’s Annual Plan is a proposal only – a proposal that was finalised several weeks prior to the current COVID-19 alert level status. Chairperson Hobbs is making the following ... More >>

More Time For Submissions On ORC’s Water Permits Plan Change Recognises Covid-19 Impacts

Wednesday, 1 April 2020, 3:58 pm | Otago Regional Council

The ORC Chief Executive is exercising delegation to extend the submissions period until 4 May. Otago Regional Council (ORC) Chief Executive Sarah Gardner has today extended the submission period for the Water Permits Plan Change in acknowledgement ... More >>

Otago Regional Council Opens Online Consultation On Annual Plan 2020-21

Thursday, 26 March 2020, 5:07 pm | Otago Regional Council

Otago Regional Council (ORC) Chair Marian Hobbs said circumstances had changed drastically in the two weeks since the plan was approved for consultation. “We completed an ambitious Annual Plan for consultation weeks ago. We can't be sure where things are ... More >>

Update On Otago Regional Council Services

Monday, 23 March 2020, 7:36 pm | Otago Regional Council

This update is to provide clarity on Otago Regional Council services in light of Government direction today. Our in-person customer service points in Dunedin and Queenstown are now closed; however, we will continue to field customer enquiries ... More >>

Update On ORC Services, Events And Customer Service Points

Sunday, 22 March 2020, 3:08 pm | Otago Regional Council

While most ORC services are available as normal, there are some temporary changes for events and customer service points in light of the current alert level for COVID-19. All bus services in Dunedin and Queenstown are currently running to normal schedules. ... More >>

Media Statement On Bus Services

Friday, 20 March 2020, 12:43 pm | Otago Regional Council

This morning, we were notified by First Union that some bus drivers understood we were cutting services. This is not so. At this stage, the Otago Regional Council is running its full, normal public transport service. We are working with our operators ... More >>

ORC To Consult On Lake Dunstan’s Inclusion In Navigational Safety Bylaw

Tuesday, 10 March 2020, 1:49 pm | Otago Regional Council

ORC’s bylaw must be amended in order to reverse the transfer of Maritime Delegation which previously delegated harbourmaster responsibilities on Lake Dunstan to the Central Otago District Council. The Otago Regional Council (ORC) began consultation ... More >>

ORC’s ECO Fund Open For Applications Until 20 March

Monday, 2 March 2020, 4:29 pm | Otago Regional Council

The Otago Regional Council (ORC) runs the ECO Fund (Environment Community Otago) to support community-driven projects that protect and enhance Otago’s environment. The fund is now receiving applications until 20 March. Any group in the Otago region ... More >>