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ORC Welcomes Public Feedback On Long Term Plan

Friday, 27 May 2022, 12:34 pm | Otago Regional Council

Public feedback on the Otago Regional Council’s long-term plan 2022-2023 outlined their preferences surrounding the Council’s long-term perspective in reaction to current global issues - including climate change, transport and the quality of the ... More >>

Latest Phase Of Otago LiDAR Mapping Data Goes Public

Wednesday, 25 May 2022, 11:00 am | Otago Regional Council

A new high-resolution ground mapping dataset for the Dunedin and Mosgiel urban areas is now available free for public use - revealing in 3D the urban areas’ bared land surfaces. The geospatial dataset will be an invaluable tool in identifying, mapping ... More >>

Water Samples Of QT Fish Stream “Inconclusive”

Tuesday, 24 May 2022, 11:03 am | Otago Regional Council

Water samples from Horne Creek near Queenstown where up to 150 trout died earlier in the month have been returned as “inconclusive”. Following up reports of dead fish on 1 May, Otago Regional Council staff visited the site over two days, taking ... More >>

ORC Flyovers Resuming; Consents For Winter 2023 On Horizon

Monday, 23 May 2022, 12:22 pm | Otago Regional Council

Southern farmers should be considering consent applications for Intensive Winter Grazing 2023 in the months ahead – which now include natural gullies and swales lying between hills – to mitigate any potential waterway pollution. The Otago Regional ... More >>

Welcome Boost To Public Transport In Budget 2022

Thursday, 19 May 2022, 4:19 pm | Otago Regional Council

Otago Regional Council welcomes the extra funding for Public Transport announced this afternoon by Finance Minister, Grant Robertson. It was announced in today’s Budget that half price fares will be continued until the end of August 2022. Doug ... More >>

Weekend Bus Service Starts For Palmerston Community

Monday, 16 May 2022, 5:30 pm | Otago Regional Council

Residents in Palmerston and other towns north of Dunedin are making plans to use the new weekend bus service after Otago Regional Council announced the start date of 28th May. The decision followed a consultation with the Waikouaiti Coast Community ... More >>

Horne Creek Water Tests Still Awaited

Monday, 16 May 2022, 5:06 pm | Otago Regional Council

Water test results from Horne Creek near Queenstown – where up to 150 fish were found dead earlier this month– are still away at the laboratory, but could possibly be back later this week. The Otago Regional Council is again calling for information ... More >>

Chris Hopkins Appointed Port Otago Director

Friday, 13 May 2022, 11:37 am | Otago Regional Council

Chris Hopkins has been appointed the new director of Port Otago, bringing wide ranging skills encompassing regional, national and international perspectives. Mr Hopkins is replacing Jane Taylor, following her recent retirement from the position. Mr Hopkins, ... More >>

Otago Regional Council Updates Transit App In Response To Feedback

Wednesday, 11 May 2022, 10:36 am | Otago Regional Council

Otago Regional Council has listened to feedback from customers about how they access bus alerts and has made some changes to help keep passengers updated. Until recently, the only source of information relating to trip cancellations had been the ORC website. ... More >>

Public Feedback On Flood Protection Changes To Be Heard

Wednesday, 11 May 2022, 9:51 am | Otago Regional Council

Public submissions on proposed changes to rules which help minimise the risk and impact of flooding in Otago will be heard this week, as part of an Otago Regional Council (ORC) bylaw review. ORC recently sought feedback from the public on proposed ... More >>

Bus Patronage Up With Half Price Fares

Tuesday, 12 April 2022, 10:57 am | Otago Regional Council

Passengers in Dunedin and Queenstown have jumped on board since half price bus fares started on April 1. The Otago Regional Council (ORC) last month endorsed half price for public transport in the region. Total Mobility and the Queenstown ferry are included ... More >>

Bus Passengers Asked To Be Flexible As Half Price Fares Start

Tuesday, 29 March 2022, 1:50 pm | Otago Regional Council

As half price bus fares start this Friday 1 April in Dunedin and Queenstown for a three-month period, Otago Regional Council is asking passengers to plan for full buses. ORC Transport Manager Doug Rodgers said, “We are pleased to be able to offer ... More >>

ORC Supports Half-price Fares From 1 April

Wednesday, 23 March 2022, 5:22 pm | Otago Regional Council

The Otago Regional Council (ORC) this week endorsed the Government expectation that fares for public transport in the region are halved for the next three months. The Government has said the reduction is intended to offset the rising cost of living, ... More >>

New Bus Service For Palmerston Community

Tuesday, 15 March 2022, 6:06 pm | Otago Regional Council

The Otago Regional Council has approved adding weekend services on Orbus for residents in Palmerston and other towns north of Dunedin. The decision follows a consultation with the Waikouaiti Coast Community Board during which they identified what would ... More >>

ORC To Continue Public Transport Support For Schools

Friday, 11 March 2022, 4:42 pm | Otago Regional Council

The Otago Regional Council (ORC) this week approved the continuation of minor changes to the public bus network to help students travel to high schools across Dunedin. The Implementation Committee approved a staff recommendation to continue public transport ... More >>

COVID-19 Preparedness For Public Transport Users

Wednesday, 23 February 2022, 1:33 pm | Otago Regional Council

The Otago Regional Council is asking passengers to be prepared as COVID-19 and driver shortages may impact public transport and the Total Mobility service. As COVID-19 spreads through the community, the council is working with operators to assess the ... More >>

ORC Seeking Public Voice On Dunstan, Lower Clutha And Roxburgh Rohe Waterways

Wednesday, 16 February 2022, 3:54 pm | Otago Regional Council

Online meetings and surveys starting 28 February are part of the development of a new Land and Water Regional Plan for Otago, which will set clear environmental outcomes, including rules and limits on water use in Otago. Under the “red” setting ... More >>

ORC Keeping Watching Brief On Lakes And Rivers As Heavy Rain Continues

Wednesday, 2 February 2022, 1:30 pm | Otago Regional Council

River levels in the Wānaka and Wakatipu catchments are rising as heavy rain falls in the Otago headwaters. But current flow conditions and lake levels mean that the risk of widespread flooding is currently low. The Otago Regional Council (ORC) is ... More >>

ORC Urges Swimmers And Dog-walkers To Be Wary Of Toxic Algae

Monday, 24 January 2022, 6:09 pm | Otago Regional Council

Lake algae. The Otago Regional Council (ORC) is reminding people to be on the lookout for toxic algae following confirmed toxic algal blooms in Waianakarua River and Butcher’s Dam last week. ORC Lakes Scientist Hugo Borges said ingesting these algae could make ... More >>

Otago Regional Council Welcomes Over $4m In Funding To Restore Te Hakapupu / Pleasant River Catchment

Tuesday, 21 December 2021, 11:29 am | Otago Regional Council

The funding is for a four-year work programme to address sedimentation and nutrient inputs and better safeguard the natural water resources in partnership with Mana Whenua and in collaboration with local catchment and community groups. $4,004,500 ... More >>