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6A guides
Council is producing a series of factsheets to inform and educate land users about Plan Change 6A.
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Leaders' Brief - December 2014
The Leaders Brief is ORC’s bi-monthly e-newsletter. It profiles decisions and initiatives under action by the ORC.
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Waterlines - Summer 2014
Waterlines, a newsletter on rural water issues around Otago, is published three times a year. It aims to keep farmers and other water users informed and updated with catchment community news.
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Environmental education events newsletter
This newsletter covers a range of environmental activities happening in and around Dunedin targeting the community and schools.
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NIWA Hotspot Weather Watch
Weekly update about the likelihood of hot dry weather conditions.
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Friday 23 January

Water take restrictions apply in the Taieri, Shag and Kakanui rivers which have reached minimum flow levels.  Other Central and North Otago rivers are also low.

Click here to find out more – water.orc.govt.nz

Dunedin bus services update

The Southern Motorway will be limited to one lane from the Kaikorai Valley exit to Lookout Point, with traffic reduced to 30km/hr from 9am Friday 23 to late on Sunday 25 January.

Resurfacing work will be carried out on Maclaggan Street from Clark Street intersection to the traffic lights from Monday 26th January to Wednesday 28th January between 6pm
and 6am,  weather permitting. There may be minor delays to early evening bus services 59 (Bradford to University) and 60 (University to Bradford) during this period.

Expect minor delays to the Portobello/Harington Point bus service, Monday to Friday, from 7am to 6pm, due to roadworks on Portobello Rd between Cowal St and Solar Tce until mid-May.

What's happening - events and operations

LAWA Website
Beachgoers can now check the quality of the water at their nearest beach thanks to environmental monitoring website Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA). ORC monitors five Otago beaches on the LAWA website being: Brighton, Kaka Point, Kakanui and Waikouaiti Estuaries and MacAndrew Bay.

For more info view our water monitoring for recreational activities page.

Albert Town tracks re-opened
Sections of two walking and cycling tracks along the Clutha River at Albert Town, just upstream of the SH6 bridge, have been re-opened.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council made the decision after considering to the independent geotechnical report and stability assessment from Geosolve, commissioned by ORC.

View the GeoSolve Report (2 MB)

Have Your Say

We welcome your input on plans and strategies under development.


Proposed Plan Change 3C (Waiwera catchment minimum flow)
On 13 December 2014, the Otago Regional Council publicly notified Proposed Plan Change 3C (Waiwera catchment minimum flow), changing the Regional Plan: Water for Otago (Water Plan).
Submissions close at 5pm, Monday 16 February 2015.
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Otago Regional Public Transport Plan 2014
The Otago Regional Council has adopted the Regional Public Transport Plan 2014 which will take effect from 24 December 2014. The Plan outlines the principles, policies, standards and controls the Otago Regional Council will apply in delivering its Public Transport function in Otago.
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