An Oamaru house received fire and smoke damage, a Kurow shop, used as a residence, suffered minor damage and a stock truck cab was destroyed at Hakataramea Station in three separate incidents yesterday.
Major roading projects in Canterbury, including replacement of the State Highway 82 twin bridges at Kurow, received a major boost yesterday with a $244 million funding package from the Government.
A comprehensive landscape plan to develop Oamaru Harbour and its environs for a wide range of uses will go to the Waitaki District Council on Tuesday for endorsement.
Rio Tinto's threat of closing the Bluff aluminum smelter is an attempt to shift the cost of the plant's greenhouse emissions to the taxpayer, Minister Responsible for Climate Change David Parker said in Oamaru last night.
The South Island does not need more hydro-generated electricity but it desperately needs electricity from alternative sources, such as wind, Waitaki First chairwoman Helen Brookes said yesterday.
New signs are to be put up at the accident-prone Deborah rail overbridge on State Highway 1 and Transit NZ also wants to reduce the speed limit to below 100kmh.
Three proposed roading policy changes could have a big financial impact for Waitaki district ratepayers.
Holcim (New Zealand) Ltd says the cost of building a cement plant near Oamaru could be $300 million, $100 million more than its estimate in 2005.
Contractors and farmers have offered to build a new road to Oamaru Harbour, giving their time and equipment to slash the cost to the Waitaki District Council.
Weston will get a new walkway to replace the one it will lose if OnTrack reopens the Waiareka to Weston branch railway line to a proposed $300 million cement plant.
A Duntroon dairy farming couple will remove a fence in front of a memorial oak dedicated to a North Otago soldier killed in World War 1, but feel they have been "picked on" by the Waitaki District Council.
OnTrack deliberately retained ownership of the Waiareka-Weston branch railway line for possible use by a cement plant at Weston, its southern service manager, Neil Campbell, said yesterday.
A $300 million cement plant cannot be built near Weston unless the Waiareka-Weston branch rail line is reopened, the Waiareka Valley Preservation Society said yesterday.
A four-member interim Kakanui water supply committee has been appointed by the Waitaki District Council to provide a liaison to the community.
Weston residents have come out fighting to defend their lifestyle from OnTrack reopening the Waiareka to Weston branch railway line to transport cement if Holcim (New Zealand) Ltd builds its $300 million cement plant near their town.
The resource consents process for the $200 million cement plant proposed by Holcim (New Zealand), near Weston, is being researched by University of Otago student Ngaio Fletcher to see if people feel their voice has been heard.
Fund-raising for a new museum in Palmerston is "actively under way", according to Waihemo Heritage chairman Chris Cox.
People who do not want the Holcim (New Zealand) Ltd $300 million cement plant built near Weston are trying to stop OnTrack reopening the Waiareka-Weston branch railway line, OnTrack's legal counsel James Gardner-Hopkins said yesterday.
Oamaru woman Dianne Millns does not believe her brother attempted to kill their mother as she lay in "horrific pain" dying from stomach cancer at a Taumaranui rest-home last year -