"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.
The pump station on the Waipori River, which keeps more than
7000ha of the Taieri Plain dry, is to get a $1.1 million
refurbishment, including new pumps.
After nearly three years of enforcement action and
prosecutions, the Otago Regional Council is $82,000 in the
Any delay in letting
the public know the cost of constructing the Leith Lindsay
Flood Protection Scheme had blown out was due to a lack of
confidence in the figures provided by its consultants, Otago
Regional Council chairman Stephen Woodhead said.
A proposal to increase charges for some
resource consents has been voted down by a slim majority of
Otago regional councillors.
The Government needs
to stump up financially and contribute to the flood
protection scheme on the Water of Leith, Otago regional
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