Media release

Submissions on the Otago Regional Council draft long term plan close next week

Friday 4 May 2018

The Otago Regional Council is reminding people that submissions on its draft long term plan for 2018-2028 close next Friday (11 May).

The Council’s consultation document on the plan was distributed to mailboxes region-wide last month. As well as seeking any general feedback on the draft plan, three specific topics are being consulted on. These are: the social, economic and environmental impacts of climate change; extending the programme for water monitoring; and next steps in the strategy for water quality. Council’s preferred options, and other potential options, are outlined in the consultation document.

A fortnight-long roadshow across 8 destinations in Otago saw staff and Councillors talking with hundreds of residents about the draft plan in both meeting and drop-in formats, some of which featured Lab-in-a-box (Otago’s own mobile science laboratory).

Regional Council Chairperson Stephen Woodhead said he was pleased with the volume of submissions received to date (245). “Given the long term plan has a direct impact on not only Otago’s environment but also what you see on your rates bill, we’d really encourage everyone to take the time to see what’s proposed and share your feedback.”

Submissions can be made online at, or in writing by using the feedback form in the back of the consultation document. Submissions will also be accepted by email to and by post.