Let's chart a course for Otago — upcoming drop-in discussions
New rules and regulations are being proposed to protect Otago’s precious waterways for future generations. Get involved in upcoming drop-in discussions: Ōwaka — Wednesday, 4 October; Balclutha — Thursday, 5 October.
Our environment is our most important asset. We work with the community to ensure the sustainable use of our natural resources. The future of our beautiful region starts with protecting and caring for it today.
We work with the community to promote the sustainable management of natural physical resources. The Resource Management Act sets out how we should manage our environment and forms the foundation for the majority of our work.
In November 2021 and March 2022, we wanted to find out which waterbodies (lakes, rivers, streams, wetlands) are most important to you, what you value most about them and what characteristics are key and received feedback from more than 560 people. Of your feedback, these values were strongest:
non-contact recreation such as walking, camping and sightseeing
Other values included:
Thank you to everyone who provided feedback or came along to one of the community meetings to tell us what you want for land and water resources in our region.
Staff presentations, recordings and reports from the community meetings
The Catlins community meetings were held at 12:30pm and 7pm, Monday 29 November 2021 at the Owaka Community Centre.
Between September 2019 and June 2021, community consultation was undertaken to identify important values and develop objectives and limits for waterways in the Manuherekia.
As part of this consultation community feedback was sought from the community on five Manuherekia Water Management scenarios. Two public meetings were held in Alexandra and Omakau. We received over 1,000 submissions supporting a range of flow options for the river.
The scenarios were developed with input from the Manuherekia Reference Group (MRG). The MRG included representatives from the Manuherekia Catchment Group (MCG), the Department of Conservation, Forest and Bird, Central Otago District Council, Fish and Game, the Central Otago Environmental Society, Southern District Health Board and ORC.
Following consultation, a report outlining a proposed approach was presented to ORC Councillors in August 2021. ORC Councillors requested that more science work be done and this is now underway.