Need to know 'dull' stuff

Stephen Cairns
Stephen Cairns
The huge array of reports which look as "dull as dishwater" but have major impacts for Otago residents, need to be better communicated to the general public, the Otago Regional Council says.

The comments were made by council chairman Stephen Cairns as the environmental science committee considered an air quality report last week.

He said councillors dealt with a huge array of fascinating projects, such as the alluvial fan hazard report also considered by a committee this week, which were important.

"They are as dull as dishwater to most, but the implications are magnificent."

Cr Gretchen Robertson said it was important to get across to the public what these reports meant for them and that it did mean something major.

Chief executive Graeme Martin said he was delighted the subject had been brought up as there was a lot of good news coming out of the council. "It's exciting stuff. We need to have fresh crack at unfolding it."

He urged councillors to think seriously about communication and suggested it would be a topic for the council's profile group to consider.


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