Environment Minister Nick Smith
is not ruling out a Government contribution to the Leith
Lindsay Flood Protection Scheme but says the Otago Regional
Council has a "high hurdle" to leap.
developing irrigation infrastructure may soon be able to get
up to $2 million financial assistance from the Otago Regional
A fresh wrangle has broken out over ownership of a
dilapidated pedestrian footbridge in Ravensbourne, amid fears
the old structure could once again be facing demolition.
Reserve Bank governor Alan
Bollard is being urged to make a drastic cut to the official
cash rate to help stimulate the economy, which may have been
in recession for the past six months.
"D-Day" has arrived
for the proposed flood protection scheme on the Water of
Leith and Lindsay Creek.
Rook numbers have
dropped from 5000 to about 130 in Otago but those remaining
are becoming increasingly difficult to target.
The Otago Regional Council is concerned logging in three
prominent forests above Queenstown could create the risk of
slips threatening residential areas.
A new enforcement tool is being developed to ensure
landowners not complying with new rabbit-control regulations
are compelled to do so.
The Otago Regional Council is backing its approach to water
management in Otago, saying it is "simpler and more
cost-effective" than Government-backed recommendations for
fresh water management.
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