ORC

ORC having to pay for temporary bridge

The Otago Regional Council is being forced to spend more than $100,000 on a temporary footbridge across the Water of Leith when at least two other options for crossing the waterway are nearby.

Warning over council income

Being able to keep its general rate increase to 2.49% is good news but it is only thanks to the Otago Regional Council's ownership of Port Otago and its good investments, Cr Michael Deaker says.

Plan change close to final tick

The Otago Regional Council's water quality plan change is past its last major hurdle.

Continue algae caution

People should continue to take care when walking their dogs near Otago waterways as potentially toxic algae could be present on banks as well as in the water after recent high rainfall, the Otago Regional Council says.

Robust debate crucial

Robust debate crucial

Democracy at the Otago Regional Council has died, writes Gerrard Eckhoff.

ORC pay request turned down

ORC pay request turned down

A call for pay to be more even between Otago Regional councillors with the responsibility for a committee and those who do not has been turned down by the Remuneration Authority.

Support for oil exploration 'unlawful'

Support for oil exploration 'unlawful'

Otago regional councillor Gerrard Eckhoff has not ruled out further pushes to get the council to debate the issues around oil and gas exploration, after failing at the first hurdle yesterday.

Up with technology

Up with technology

Otago regional councillor Trevor Kempton uses his new iPad during a council meeting yesterday.

ORC guarded on drilling

The Otago Regional Council's ability to take a position on oil and gas exploration off Otago's coast may be restricted by having to consider future resource consents related to the activity.

Bus use 'reality check'

Bus use 'reality check'

Analysis showing a decrease of about 1% in use of Dunedin's public bus system is a ''reality check'', Otago regional councillor Bryan Scott says.

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