Media release

ORC hosting Arrow River meeting

Friday 8 May 2015

The Otago Regional Council (ORC) is hosting a public meeting in Arrowtown next week on the Arrow River’s flood and erosion hazards.

ORC natural hazards staff, who have been researching and modelling changes in the river, will present information on the hazards associated with its geology and channel movement.

ORC director engineering, hazards and science Gavin Palmer said the meeting will be at the Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall on Wednesday 13 May from 7pm to 9pm.

The Arrow River has previously been affected by flooding and riverbank erosion.

“The meeting should aid landowners decision-making regarding existing and future developments on land within and adjacent to the floodplain,” Dr Palmer said.

Maps of the floodplain, identifying land that may be affected by inundation, will be available at the meeting as well as the likely flood-hazard characteristics of a large flood.

ORC director stakeholder engagement Jane Leahy said council staff and local ORC councillors will be available at the meeting to answer any questions members of the public may have.

Mrs Leahy said ORC ran a programme of local events throughout the year to update local communities and stakeholders on ORC’s latest scientific research.

For further information contact

Natural Hazards
Dr Gavin Palmer
Director engineering, hazards, and science
03 474 0827 or 0274 943 900

ORC Stakeholder Engagement
Jane Leahy
Director stakeholder engagement
03 474 0827 or 021 777 785