The high workload faced by many of its staff must be reduced
if the organisation wants to retain its employees, Otago Fish
and Game Council says.
''Staff are chasing their tails. We need another staff
member; we need several,'' council chairman Monty Wright said
at a recent meeting.
The council did not want to lose its good staff because they
were ''run off their feet'', he said.
Three regional field officers, a chief executive, an
environmental officer and one administration staff were based
in Dunedin while two regional field officers were based in
Mr Wright believed the amount of work the council's
environmental officer, Peter Wilson, was required to do on
Resource Management Act issues meant he needed support.
''More of him would be excellent.''
Council staff had played a major role in the successful bid
to amend the Water Conservation Order to recognise the values
of the Nevis River.
It had also made submissions and had taken part in mediation
regarding the Otago Regional Council's water quality plan
change, 6A, and would be involved in consultation regarding
the regional council's minimum flow setting process.
Fish and Game chief executive Niall Watson said the council
would also need to set aside funds so it could have ready
access to hydrological advice and legal advice during that
A proposal for new staff would be put together for
consideration during the next budget round, while the funding
for the resource management work would be discussed at the
council's February planning meeting, he said.
The council was able to access ''pool funding'' from Fish and
Game New Zealand to meet research and legal costs for those
sorts of situations.