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Report Highlights Impacts Of Changing Climate

Friday, 16 October 2020, 3:18 pm | Otago Regional Council

The Ministry of Environment’s Our atmosphere and climate 2020 report, released yesterday, highlights the impact that climate change is already having on New Zealand, including on temperatures and weather events, biodiversity, and natural hazard risks. ... More >>

Signs Of Success Following Clyde Rabbit Control Operation

Tuesday, 6 October 2020, 2:56 pm | Otago Regional Council

The collaborative operation was the first of a new approach by ORC to organising landowner-led rabbit control in Otago. Early signs indicate a rabbit control operation carried out during August has had a significant impact on rabbit numbers around Dunstan ... More >>

ORC’s ECO Fund Is Open For Applications From 1 October

Wednesday, 30 September 2020, 3:08 pm | Otago Regional Council

The Otago Regional Council’s (ORC) ECO Fund supports community-driven projects that protect and enhance Otago’s environment. The fund is receiving applications from 1 October to 20 October. The ECO Fund provides $250,000 per year in contestable ... More >>

ORC Reminds Private Bore Owners To Get Their Water Tested Regularly

Monday, 28 September 2020, 3:50 pm | Otago Regional Council

The Otago Regional Council’s (ORC) state of the environment monitoring bores have detected elevated levels of E. coli in two locations on the lower Waitaki Plains. The bore owners were immediately notified alongside the Southern District Health ... More >>

National Water Quality Picture Shows More Work Is Needed In Urban And Rural Catchments

Sunday, 27 September 2020, 12:48 pm | Otago Regional Council

As part of World Rivers Day, LAWA (Land, Air Water, Aotearoa) has today released a National Picture Summary of New Zealand’s water quality for 2010-2019. The National Picture shows that our waterways are under pressure in both urban and rural areas. ... More >>

Environmental Protection Authority Calls For Further Submissions On ORC Plan Changes

Friday, 18 September 2020, 12:30 pm | Otago Regional Council

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) today published a Summary of Submissions on three Otago Regional Council (ORC) plan changes and invited submitters to make further submissions from tomorrow. The three plan changes notified by the EPA on ... More >>

ORC Welcomes Government Announcement Of The Manuherekia As An Exemplar Catchment

Monday, 14 September 2020, 5:43 pm | Otago Regional Council

The announcement was made by Minister for the Environment Hon. David Parker and Agriculture Minister Hon. Damien O’Connor at an event near Ophir this morning. The Otago Regional Council (ORC) has welcomed an announcement by the government today ... More >>

No Pay Rise For Councillors

Thursday, 10 September 2020, 4:29 pm | Otago Regional Council

The Otago Regional Council this morning received a report about the Local Government Members Remuneration Determination for the 2020-21 financial year. ORC Chair Andrew Noone said the council happily accepted that remuneration was unchanged from the ... More >>

New National Regulations To Protect And Restore Waterways Now In Force

Friday, 4 September 2020, 2:13 pm | Otago Regional Council

The intent of the new framework is to stop degradation of our waterways now and achieve improvement where water quality is degraded. Otago Regional Council Chair Andrew Noone said the council welcomed the Action for Healthy Waterways regulatory ... More >>

ORC To Take Over Maritime Responsibilities For Lake Dunstan From 1 September

Friday, 28 August 2020, 4:08 pm | Otago Regional Council

The Otago Regional Council (ORC) on Wednesday approved the transfer of maritime responsibilities from the Central Otago District Council (CODC) back to ORC, in line with the recommendations of a hearings panel. CODC also approved the transfer at ... More >>

The Bee Card Launches In Dunedin Next Week

Friday, 28 August 2020, 4:06 pm | Otago Regional Council

Dunedin Orbus passenger David King uses the new Bee Card watched on by Ritchies driver Peter Craik. Passengers on the Orbus Dunedin network will be able to use their new Bee Cards from Tuesday, 1 September. Orbus passengers in Dunedin will get to ... More >>

Good Results From Compliance Flyovers, But Work Needed To Comply With New Rules

Thursday, 27 August 2020, 11:46 am | Otago Regional Council

ORC conducts annual winter flyovers to monitor the effects of land use on Otago streams, waterways and wetlands from the skies. Flights took place this year over two days in July and covered the whole region. General Manager Regulatory Richard ... More >>

ORC Enabling Collaboration For Rabbit Control

Friday, 31 July 2020, 1:02 pm | Otago Regional Council

A new collaborative engagement process is kicking off with a control operation in Clyde next week. Starting 3 August, a collaborative rabbit control operation coordinated by the Otago Regional Council (ORC) will take place in Clyde. ORC is facilitating ... More >>

Otago Receives $5m In Central Government Funding For Shovel-ready Flood Protection Projects

Thursday, 16 July 2020, 9:24 am | Otago Regional Council

The government today announced major investment in flood resilience infrastructure in Southland and Otago, including four shovel-ready projects submitted by the Otago Regional Council (ORC). The funding is part of the $210m for shovel-ready climate ... More >>

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 >>