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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 >>

ORC To Request Ministerial ‘call In’ Of Upcoming Plan Changes

Wednesday, 26 February 2020, 5:27 pm | Otago Regional Council

The Otago Regional Council (ORC) voted today to request that Minister for the Environment Hon. David Parker exercise his authority to ‘call in’ upcoming proposed plan changes to the Regional Plan for Otago: Water and Regional Plan for Otago: Waste ... More >>

ORC Proposes 9.1% General Rates Increase In Draft Annual Plan

Wednesday, 26 February 2020, 2:32 pm | Otago Regional Council

The Otago Regional Council (ORC) today approved proposed expenditure and funding requirements in the draft Annual Plan for the coming financial year, and an ‘informal consultation’ on the proposals to begin in March. The estimated total expenditure ... More >>

Potentially Toxic Algae Confirmed At Falls Dam

Wednesday, 19 February 2020, 4:28 pm | Otago Regional Council

Testing has confirmed today that algae samples taken from Falls Dam on Monday afternoon are the potentially toxic cyanobacteria, blue-green algae ( Anabaena lemmermannii ). Warning signs are in place at this site. It is advised that humans and dogs keep ... More >>

Cyanobacteria Confirmed In Lake Hayes

Monday, 17 February 2020, 5:03 pm | Otago Regional Council

People are advised to keep out of the lake and keep dogs well away for the time being. Testing today confirmed that algae in a water sample collected from Lake Hayes is the potentially toxic cyanobacteria, blue-green algae ( Anabaena lemmermannii) ... More >>

Former Tropical Cyclone Uesi Update

Friday, 14 February 2020, 5:39 pm | Otago Regional Council

ORC Duty Flood Officer Ellyse Gore: The former Tropical Cyclone Uesi is expected to bring rain to Otago over the weekend, but the chance of rainfall meeting warning criteria and posing serious issues for the region has lowered. MetService currently ... More >>

ORC Monitoring Potential Impact Of Former Tropical Cyclone UESI

Thursday, 13 February 2020, 5:25 pm | Otago Regional Council

Otago Regional Council (ORC) Duty Flood Officer Ellyse Gore: While the exact impact of the deep low approaching the South Island of New Zealand is still uncertain, there is a chance of a significant and widespread weather event that may affect some of ... More >>

Have Your Say On The Future Of Otago's Natural And Physical Resources

Wednesday, 12 February 2020, 4:39 pm | Otago Regional Council

The Otago Regional Council (ORC) is inviting all people in Otago to take part in a questionnaire to find out which natural and physical resources they value or have concerns about in the region. ORC is responsible for managing Otago’s land, coast, ... More >>

ORC notifies decision on deferring provisions in Water Plan

Saturday, 8 February 2020, 10:49 am | Otago Regional Council

Otago Regional Council is to delay the 2020 date for water quality provisions for farming to take effect after a successful plan change process (Plan Change 6AA to the Regional Plan: Water for Otago). This means some provisions of the Regional Plan: ... More >>

ORC monitoring heavy rainfall in Otago

Monday, 3 February 2020, 5:09 pm | Otago Regional Council

The Otago Regional Council (ORC) is monitoring the effects of rainfall on lake and river levels around Otago as heavy rain is falling throughout the region, including in the Otago headwaters and the Pomahaka, Lower Clutha, South Otago, Lower Taieri ... More >>

ORC take steps to add a ferry to public transport network

Thursday, 30 January 2020, 8:26 am | Otago Regional Council

Following a Council decision today, the Otago Regional Council (ORC) will take steps towards adding a water ferry to its public transport network in Queenstown. More >>

Old Man’s Beard must go!

Tuesday, 28 January 2020, 3:34 pm | Otago Regional Council

Over the summer months, Otago Regional Council’s (ORC) biosecurity team are out and about inspecting properties for Old Man’s Beard. ORC is asking for support from the public to control this pest plant and stop it from spreading further. More >>

Otago Regional Council’s Natural Hazards Database made easy

Monday, 6 January 2020, 5:04 pm | Otago Regional Council

Otago Regional Council’s (ORC) online Natural Hazards Database displays information on flooding, coastal hazards, alluvial fans, landslides and earthquakes on a map of the region. The interactive database has had an overhaul to be more intuitive ... More >>



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