Otago Regional Council

Comms costs increase

Queenstown's publicly-funded organisations spent more than $1.2 million on communications and public relations in the 2016/17 year. The district council spent $444,328, Southern District Health Board (SDHB) $462,406, and Otago Regional Council (ORC) $330,000. And two of those organisations, Queenstown's council...
It once had the dubious claim to the worst air quality in Otago, but Arrowtown appears to have cleaned up its act. The town registered 23 air quality breaches as of July 13, eight fewer than the 31 recorded by...

Lake Hayes spend-up

After years of inaction, Otago Regional Council is addressing water quality problems in Queenstown's scenic Lake Hayes. In recent times the lake's colour, clarity and trout population have been affected by algae bloom caused by high nutrient levels. Early this year,...
Secrets hidden in the depths of Lake Hayes and Lake Wakatipu are set be revealed thanks to a new piece of equipment. Otago Regional Council (ORC) carries out regular checks of the region's iconic lakes, but its machinery has been...

Lake Hayes E.coli anger

A Queenstown mum is accusing Otago Regional Council of negligence for failing to put up signs warning E.coli had been detected in Lake Hayes. Cath Hudson is furious ORC didn't warn locals earlier. Samples taken on December 11 revealed high levels...
From November 20 Queenstowners can take their cars to work – or bus free for a week. Today Mountain Scene exclusively reveals the four new Orbus routes, which cover most of the Wakatipu Basin. For the first seven days of the new...
Parking in Queenstown is set to become more expensive from December as the council tries to encourage other forms of transport. Queenstown Lakes District Council adopted the new Queenstown Town Centre Transport Strategy at a full council meeting in Wanaka...

Jim Boult: Buses a first step

OPINION: The saying goes that "all good things come to those who wait", and I am pleased to share with you that we have a commitment from the Otago Regional Council (ORC) to start the new $2 bus service...
Discharges into the Shotover River from Queenstown's multi-million dollar sewage treatment plant have breached environmental standards. The $30 million high-tech plant was officially opened in February. But Queenstown's council admits discharges of treated wastewater into the river didn't meet contamination limits...
OPINION: Progress is great, isn't it, David Williams asks. After years of political slumber in Queenstown, of needless cost-cutting and ridiculous attempts to keep rates steady, there seems to be an attitude to roll up the sleeves and get things...
In an environment of unprecedented growth in the Queenstown-Lakes and Central Otago districts, two people have a chance to  make a stand for the area as an ORC member for the Dunstan ward, which encompasses the two districts. Otago...

Unitary plan warning

Otago Regional Council needs to do more for the resort and act more quickly say Queenstowners, including Sir Eion Edgar. The council got a lesson in Queenstown "passion'' on Monday, as it was commended for taking more of an interest...
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