Otago Regional Council Molyneux representatives David
Shepherd (left) and Stephen Woodhead after being sworn in
The pair represent the Taieri, Middlemarch and South Otago
areas on the council.
Mr Woodhead, a sheep and beef farmer from Lovells Flat, was
re-elected chairman of the council at its first meeting of
the new term yesterday.
Mr Woodhead said among the challenges ahead for the Taieri
was the outcome of an investigation into how an area of the
Taieri River known as the ''shute''and the spillway could be
more effective at directing water into the lower ponding
The past two or three floods had given a good understanding
of how the river worked, he said.
The council would also be working with the Dunedin City
Council with the hope it would put planning controls in the
district plan to avoid having communities established in
known hazard areas.
Cr Shepherd, a former farmer, said the council was also
continuing with its planned maintenance and upgrading work on
flood controls on the Taieri and would be monitoring the new
Waipori pumps closely.