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Wanaka events to showcase Southern Lakes research

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Southern Lakes district residents will soon have an opportunity to learn more about their lakes and the people that use them, with two unique events planned for Queenstown and Wanaka between March ...

Lake Waihola health warning lifted

Thursday, 23 March 2017

The two-week old health warning in place at Lake Waihola where the re-occurrence of potentially toxic cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) was of concern, has now been lifted and the lake is again safe...

Nominations sought for ORC councillor vacancy

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Nominations will open next week for candidates wanting to fill the Dunstan Constituency vacancy on the Otago Regional Council created by the recent passing of Dr Maggie Lawton. The Dunstan...

Proposed improvements to public transport in the Wakatipu Basin released for consultation

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

An improved bus service that’s more efficient and affordable may be a reality as soon as September-October, with the Otago Regional Council’s proposed changes to the service being consulted on from...

Public feedback sought on ORC’s draft Annual Plan

Monday, 20 March 2017

Otago residents will soon be asked to have their say on Otago Regional Council’s 2017/18 draft Annual Plan, which will be discussed by regional councillors at their finance and corporate committee ...

Opportunity to explore the Water of Leith

Friday, 17 March 2017

This Otago Anniversary Weekend (18-20 March), Dunedin families can explore and learn more about the Water of Leith, with help from the Otago Regional Council’s #lovetheleith River Trail map. ORC ha...

ORC mourns Cr Lawton’s untimely passing

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Otago Regional Council chairman Stephen Woodhead today noted with sorrow the passing of Dunstan constituency representative Maggie Lawton on Sunday after a brief but determined battle with cancer. ...

Cyanobacteria re-appears in Lake Waihola

Tuesday, 07 March 2017

Joint release by ORC and the Southern District Health Board Sampling carried out by the Otago Regional Council has shown the re-appearance of high concentrations of potentially toxic cyanobacteria...

Next stage of Leith flood protection works due to start

Monday, 06 March 2017

Siteworks begin on Wednesday (March 8) for the next stage of the Otago Regional Council (ORC)’s Leith Flood Protection Scheme, between the Union Street bridge and Clyde Street. The main build...

Velvetleaf discovery highlights need for renewed farmer vigilance

Wednesday, 01 March 2017

A Central Otago farmer’s discovery of a 1m tall velvetleaf plant next to a fodder beet crop on his property has highlighted the need for all landowners in the region to be on the lookout for the...

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