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ORC’s Annual ECO Fund Applications Open On Friday – 1 March

Monday, 26 February 2024, 9:02 am | Otago Regional Council

Community and environmental groups across Otago are being reminded the ORC’s annual ECO Fund applications open at the end of the week – from 1 March until 2 April. This year the ECO Fund round for community projects received a 58.4% boost to available ... More >>

Water Quality And Climate Change Top Survey Issues Again - ORC

Monday, 19 February 2024, 10:33 am | Otago Regional Council

Water quality and climate change remain the most important environmental issues to people around Otago, according to the latest survey results just released by the Otago Regional Council. ORC Chair Gretchen Robertson thanked the more than 1100 people ... More >>

ORC Meetings In Oamaru Next Week

Friday, 16 February 2024, 1:49 pm | Otago Regional Council

The public are being encouraged to attend two Otago Regional Council meetings next week. On Wednesday, 21 February, ORC has a full Council meeting and also a Regional Leadership Committee meeting in Oamaru, followed by Councillor field visits the next ... More >>

Drop-in Community Sessions To Discuss Lower Taieri Flood Protection Scheme

Friday, 16 February 2024, 10:46 am | Otago Regional Council

The community are invited to meet with ORC councillors and staff at West Taieri Rugby Club, Outram 11.30am-2.30pm or Coronation Hall Mosgiel 5.30pm-7.30pm on Tuesday March 5. Following the recent release of a 62-page report by consultants Tonkin + ... More >>

Feedback Sought On Transport Plan Changes

Monday, 12 February 2024, 4:09 pm | Otago Regional Council

A mid-term review of the Otago Southland Regional Land Transport Plans 2021 - 2031 is underway, and the public are being asked to comment on the proposed changes. Otago and Southland are collectively seeking a total $1.8 billion in funding from the Waka ... More >>

Bus Use On The Rise In Dunedin And Queenstown

Friday, 9 February 2024, 12:53 pm | Otago Regional Council

Bus patronage is continuing to rise in both Dunedin and Queenstown – up 28% and 44% respectively with trips in the second half of 2023 up on the previous two years combined. The number of bus trips taken in Dunedin from July to December 2023 was ... More >>

Are You Being Served? ORC Survey First Step Of Representation Review

Friday, 9 February 2024, 12:32 pm | Otago Regional Council

‘Are you being served?’ is the question being asked by Otago Regional Council as a survey is launched seeking feedback on whether people feel they have fair and effective representation at the regional council table. Chairperson Gretchen Robertson ... More >>

Significant Impact On Emissions Expected With New Electric Buses

Wednesday, 7 February 2024, 11:51 am | Otago Regional Council

The first of a fleet of electric buses (e-buses) will appear on Dunedin’s streets in February 2024. ORC Public and Active Transport Committee co-chair Andrew Noone says “This is a significant investment in our environment as well as in public ... More >>

First Spy Wallaby Hunt Successful: ORC

Monday, 5 February 2024, 10:19 am | Otago Regional Council

ORC has completed its first surveillance operation looking at whether spy wallaby will lead hunters to other wallaby. One of the 10 spy wallaby has travelled 42 kilometres from Canterbury into Otago and is still moving. The release of ten ‘seeker’ or ... More >>

Risk Assessment On Lower Taieri Floodbanks Completed; Information Sessions To Follow

Friday, 2 February 2024, 10:23 am | Otago Regional Council

Councillors at the Otago Regional Council will next week consider a report highlighting relative risks to the community associated with floodbank failure within the Lower Taieri Flood Protection Scheme - as part of a wider programme of on-going asset management ... More >>

It’s Go Time For Freshwater Farm Plans In North Otago

Wednesday, 31 January 2024, 2:46 pm | Otago Regional Council

Freshwater Farm Plan regulations require properties over a certain size to have a certified and audited freshwater farm plan in place and this begins in Otago from tomorrow, 1 February 2024, starting with North Otago. More than 500 Otago farmers ... More >>

Otago Celebrating World Wetlands Day This Week – ORC

Wednesday, 31 January 2024, 11:11 am | Otago Regional Council

On the eve of the annual World Wetlands Day, the Otago Regional Council is highlighting the identification more than 15,000 wetlands across Otago in recent years. ORC Chair Gretchen Robertson says in a newly launched programme ORC are looking at all wetland ... More >>

New Strategy To Guide Dunedin’s Development

Wednesday, 31 January 2024, 9:53 am | Otago Regional Council

Dunedin (Monday, 29 January 2024) – Consultation on Dunedin’s draft Future Development Strategy is now open and will run until 28 February 2024. The Future Development Strategy (or FDS) will guide how the city grows over the next 30 years and will identify ... More >>

Farmer Consent Workshops For 2024 Intensive Winter Grazing

Friday, 26 January 2024, 10:26 am | Otago Regional Council

The Otago Regional Council’s annual series of farmer workshops for intensive winter grazing (IWG) consenting gets underway next month, with 14 workshops scheduled across 12 locations over six weeks. The workshops begin at Tarras and Omakau on 15 February, ... More >>

ORC Urges ‘common Sense’ In The Current Dry Spell, As Next Steps Flagged

Friday, 12 January 2024, 11:00 am | Otago Regional Council

Despite some rain forecast for the weekend, Otago is currently experiencing dry conditions and people are being urged to consider water conservation over the coming weeks. As of 12 January, a number of Otago waterways are now recording low flows ... More >>

Annual ECO Fund For Communities Tops $900k

Monday, 8 January 2024, 10:46 am | Otago Regional Council

Otago Regional Council’s annual ECO Fund round for community projects opens on 1 March, with a 58.4% boost to available funds now topping $900,000. The combined ECO Fund and four Incentives Funds is joined by a one-off “large-scale biodiversity ... More >>

Bus Hub Infrastructure Works

Friday, 5 January 2024, 11:08 am | Otago Regional Council

From 8 January, bus passengers are being advised to check their bus stop at the Bus Hub in central Dunedin. ORC’s Manager Transport, Lorraine Cheyne says temporary traffic management will be in place while underground services are laid to the new ... More >>

Busy Day For Buses With More Than 7,000 Cruise Ship Passengers Arriving

Friday, 22 December 2023, 12:36 pm | Otago Regional Council

Thousands of visitors are expected in Dunedin on Monday, 1 January with New Year’s Day bringing more than 7,000 passengers to Port Chalmers on the Majestic Princess and Royal Princess. ORC’s Manager Transport, Lorraine Cheyne says “If the ships ... More >>

Toxic Algal Blooms Prompt Vigilance Call – ORC

Tuesday, 19 December 2023, 3:12 pm | Otago Regional Council

The public are being asked to be vigilant in spotting potentially toxic algae blooms forming in some Otago waterways – with the ORC now reporting four areas of concern in recent weeks. Yesterday, the latest sample collected on 18 December found toxic ... More >>

Spy Wallaby Research Looking To Find New WayTo Control Wallaby

Tuesday, 19 December 2023, 11:55 am | Otago Regional Council

The release of 10 ‘seeker’ wallabies fitted with satellite GPS collars into sites in South Canterbury last week marks a New Zealand first in the nationwide fight against Bennett’s wallaby, an invasive introduced pest. Over the next 12 months, ... More >>





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