ORC

Taking aim at lakeweed infestation

A possible new control method for lagarosiphon and a potential call for more local funding for the control effort are two points raised in a new 10-year management plan for the invasive lake weed.

ORC blocks Doc, Fish and Game

ORC blocks Doc, Fish and Game

Public confidence in the hearing process for Otago's new water plan could be undermined by restrictions that prevent Fish and Game from making submissions on a key consent hearing.

Call for better drought resiliency and planning

Call for better drought resiliency and planning

The Otago Regional Council's latest annual report shows much valuable environmental work has been done, but regional councillor Trevor Kempton has urged further improvements.

Unhappy at ORC, staff say

Unhappy at ORC, staff say

Otago Regional Council's chief executive has denied there is a ‘‘culture of fear'' in the organisation after top management were singled out for criticism in a staff survey.

Initiative to tackle wildings welcomed

Initiative to tackle wildings welcomed

Botanist Emeritus Prof Sir Alan Mark has welcomed a change of approach by the Otago Regional Council in tackling Otago's big problem with wilding conifers.

ORC seeks comment on flood protection

Interested members of the public can have their say this week on the correct public versus private benefit mix of flood protection and drainage schemes in the Taieri and Lower Clutha catchments.

A few dead wallabies

Wallabies continue to hop into the Hawea area in small numbers, the Department of Conservation (Doc) says.

Community response to drought commended

Community response to drought commended

Otago Regional Council chairman Stephen Woodhead is ''extremely impressed and grateful'' for the Otago community's response to a drought early this year.

Prosecutions of farmers queried

Prosecutions of farmers queried

The Otago Regional Council is prosecuting for incidents that do not warrant a criminal conviction and a different approach is needed, a Clutha District Council councillor says in the wake of three prosecutions for effluent ponding on Clutha properties.

ORC denies hindering development

City councillor David Benson-Pope says the Otago Regional Council and its companies should get out of the way of development on Dunedin's waterfront.

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