Dunedin city councillors will this
month consider a proposal that could result in the Otago
Settlers Museum closing to the public for about 18 months,
until the museum redevelopment project is completed.
The cost of four rural fires in Dunedin late last year,
including a major blaze at Mt Allan, has blown out the city's
civil defence and rural fires budget by almost $1 million.
However, manager Neil Brown said the cost would be recovered.
Lifting a blanket ban on freedom campers outside camping
grounds, and effective enforcement, backed up with fines of
up to $1000, are in plans drawn up to deal with concerns
about the pollution campers cause.