Young offenders could learn gardening at a new community garden in Oamaru, with a spin-off being vegetables given to people in need.
A $3 million loan will be needed to help pay for the $9.7 million Opera House upgrade in Oamaru, but an annual interest bill of $255,000 will not be paid by ratepayers.
The first step to introduce kerbside recycling in the Waitaki district was taken yesterday with a bin system being recommended in principle by the Waitaki District Council's assets committee.
Offers have poured in to help with a community garden learning centre to assist at-risk young offenders in Oamaru.
Copper thefts are continuing in North Otago, despite a raid last week on a Kakanui property by six police that resulted in the arrest of two men.
The Oamaru Licensing Trust has a new chief executive officer who will live in Ashburton and also work for the Ashburton, Geraldine and Cheviot licensing trusts.
The Waitaki District Council wants lottery money to cover a large part of the $9.7 million upgrade of the Opera House in Oamaru, which is scheduled for completion in November.
A child care centre for up to 100 children proposed for Oamaru is not abnormally large and is in line with many other similar centres in New Zealand, according to the company which wants to build it, Little Wonders Child Care Ltd.
All the major players in the electricity industry, including the Government, are avoiding the phrase "power crisis" to describe the current shortage of water in the country's hydroelectricity storage lakes.
Residents will be asked to comment on a recycling system proposed by the Waimate District Council to reduce the amount of rubbish going into landfills.
About 400 players in 36 teams along with 60 coaches and hundreds of supporters will be at the rugby fun day being held in Kurow today, playing in front of former All Black Christian Cullen.
Plans to turn a weed-infested Waitaki River island which has a former rubbish dump into a community asset has won an environmental award for the Kurow Town Enhancement Group.
Kurow was the capital of North Otago rugby on Saturday, with more than 400 junior players and about 2000 people in the Waitaki Valley town.
Ontrackwill now make the final decision on whether its branch railway line from Waiareka through Weston will reopen.
Waitaki Mayor Alex Familton believes there is still potential for a business park to be built north of Oamaru.
The dream of a Japanese businessman of creating an international centre in North Otago for health sciences, organic foods and their processing, ended when he died nearly three years ago, and now Nikken Seil is selling some of the land involved.
Oamaru lost two of its takeaway restaurants in an early morning fire yesterday which caused major damage to a two-storey building on the corner of Nen and Thames Sts.
New Zealand's largest freshwater yacht race can celebrate its 20th running in style this year, secure in the knowledge it has retained its major sponsor.
An Oamaru watchdog group will have to go to the High Court to try to prove the Waitaki District Council's Forrester Heights residential subdivision in Oamaru is unlawful.
One of Oamaru's St John ambulances is being sent to Wanaka to temporarily cater for the winter ski season - but that will not affect coverage in North Otago.