The Otago Regional Council has doubled its insurance to cover
against the possibility of one of its employees defrauding
the local body.
Mosgiel Coach Services has sold its public Dunedin routes to
Ritchies and is now focused solely on school and charter
Just how useful pre-election reports by councils will be at
''stimulating debate'' before October's local body elections
is questionable, Andy Asquith of Massey University, says.
Water conservation orders have escaped the knife under the
Government's freshwater reforms, to the relief of Fish and
Game Otago and the disappointment of the Otago Regional
Homes with excessively smoking chimneys in Otago's worst air
pollution towns will be targeted in coming months and
residents given a deadline to ''clear the air'' as the battle
to improve air quality intensifies.
Lake Tuakitoto needs more intensive management than is being
employed by the Otago Regional Council (ORC) if the lake's
wetland values are to be protected, the Otago Fish and Game
Setting pay rates for a council that has yet to be elected is
a bit ''strange'', Otago regional councillor Doug Brown says.
Another effort may be made to get students on Dunedin buses,
perhaps with a tertiary discount.
A special project team has been set up within the Otago
Regional Council to develop its approach to implementing
water quality regulation changes.
Having irrigation investment decisions reliant on the ''whim
of the political vote'' cannot work, Otago Regional Council
chairman Stephen Woodhead says.
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