A Dunedin businessman is ''gobsmacked'' after the Otago
Regional Council charged him $500 in late fees, even though
he sent his rates payments before the due date.
The Otago Regional Council is moving with the times.
All Otago Regional councillors, except its chairman and
longest-serving councillor, have committee responsibilities
under its proposed new structure.
Work on regulations to improve Otago's water quality has cost
the Otago Regional Council $2.4 million so far.
The potentially toxic algal bloom affecting Lake Waihola is
getting worse and could be there for the summer.
Otago Regional Council's youngest councillor has now
become its youngest deputy chairman.
Issues regarding securing the supply of underground services
to the University of Otago have meant the Otago Regional
Council has yet to let a contract for flood protection works
on the Water of Leith.
Who will lead the Otago Regional Council for the next three
years will be decided at the inaugural meeting of the council
Otago Regional Council staff are facing uncertain times as
chief executive Peter Bodeker proposes to restructure the
There will be only two new faces at the Otago Regional
Council table, all its incumbent councillors having fought
off challenges for their seats.
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