Retiring councillor Duncan Butcher had the last word at
yesterday's final meeting of the Otago Regional Council's
2010-13 three-year term.
The Otago Regional Council will go into the next triennium
having lost considerable experience from around its table,
yet facing crunch time on some big issues.
North Otago people will next week hear how the physical shape
and form of the Kakanui and Kauru Rivers have changed through
A surplus of $12.8 million, nearly $4 million greater than
budgeted, has been recorded by the Otago Regional Council for
the 2012-13 year.
The Otago University Students' Association has set aside
$25,000 to provide students with Go Cards so they can take
advantage of a discounted bus fare trial next year.
Serious breaches of resource consent conditions have more
than doubled in the past year.
A long ''pre-application'' process is expected before
Southern Clams' proposal to finish Bluff oysters in Otago
Harbour is accepted, the Otago Regional Council says.
A discounted tertiary student bus fare to be trialled during
Orientation Week next year could cost the Otago Regional
Council about $15,000 but it will not mean an increase in
rates, the council says.
Floods and emergencies, both real and imagined, contributed
to the overspending detailed in the Otago Regional Council's
The Otago Regional Council says it will consider handing
responsibility for public transport to the Dunedin City
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