Otago's water quality should be safe from further degradation under the new national freshwater standards, the Otago Regional Council says.
Otago Regional Council
New water quality rules in Otago will start having an effect well before their introduction in 2020, the Otago Regional Council says.
Smaller buses may be a part of Dunedin's revamped public transport system, as the Otago Regional Council looks for flexibility in the network.
Otago ratepayers face a 2.49% increase in general rates, following an Otago Regional Council decision to approve its annual plan.
Analysis showing a decrease of about 1% in use of Dunedin's public bus system is a ''reality check'', Otago regional councillor Bryan Scott says.
Rather than lobbying the Government to relax air pollution standards, the Otago Regional Council should seek the reinstatement of more substantial subsidies for insulation and clean heating options, Cr Gretchen Robertson says.
An audit and risk committee will be formed to ensure Otago Regional Council is keeping up with law changes, is accountable and its processes are robust.
Work on regulations to improve Otago's water quality has cost the Otago Regional Council $2.4 million so far.
The Otago Regional Council had no ''quick fix'' to remedy air pollution caused by outdoor burn-offs - described as a ''significant issue'' across the Otago and Central Otago regions.
Retiring councillor Duncan Butcher had the last word at yesterday's final meeting of the Otago Regional Council's 2010-13 three-year term.
The Otago Regional Council's relationship with Tarras Water had got to the point there was no way it could become a dry shareholder, council chairman Stephen Woodhead said.
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 Council.
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 Council says.
Setting pay rates for a council that has yet to be elected is a bit ''strange'', Otago regional councillor Doug Brown says.
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.
A decision not to invest in Tarras Water's irrigation scheme means Otago ratepayers will only see a 2.97% increase in their Otago Regional Council general rates this year.
Names on the Otago Regional Council's election papers will be randomly selected for the next local government election.
A decision on whether the Otago Regional Council will invest in Tarras Water Ltd's irrigation scheme will be made next week. The Tarras investment - $3.5 million in dry shares and ongoing fixed costs - has been a controversial topic for more than six months.