We'd like to give you a heads up on projects currently in planning phases:
- BIODIVERSITY STRATEGY
- REMEDIATION: LAKE HAYES
- PEST MANAGEMENT PLAN
- OUR COASTAL STRATEGY
- THE REGIONAL COUNCIL OFFICE IN DUNEDIN
We want to take a wider role in biodiversity in Otago – both on land and at sea. We propose to initiate more region-wide collaboration, supporting biodiversity projects which are led by local communities, and recognising the role of iwi as kaitiaki. We will bring together stakeholders to ensure that projects are co-ordinated and collaborative.
We will look at how else we can limit pests and better encourage thriving ecosystems through our plans an rules. We will share information about what people can do for themselves and what others are doing. Initially, we will create a biodiversity position to provide a regional perspective and bring all of this work together.
See more on the Biodiversity Strategy here.
REMEDIATION: LAKE HAYES
An options analysis is being conducted for to look at possibilities for remediating the water quality, and ultimately the swimmability of Lake Hayes. The purpose of this study will be to explore various potential solutions to improve the overall quality of this water body. Council acknowledges that this lake holds significance to the community, however, if remediation works proceed, an analysis of who would benefit from them would need to be broadly consulted on to establish how this work would most appropriately be funded.
PEST MANAGEMENT PLAN
Our pest plan for Otago lists the pest plants and animals that are subject to control around how they are managed. It’s a regulatory document that contains pest control programmes, objectives and rules to manage pests that cause harm to the wellbeing of our people and environment. The current plan expires in 2019 and we are currently writing a new ten-year plan. Public consultation on the new pest plan took place in late 2017, and the draft plan will be open for public submissions around mid-2018. Otago’s new pest plan will be in place in late 2018/early 2019.
OUR COASTAL STRATEGY
We are moving towards a more active role in coastal resource management. We intend to review our approach to coastal management, bringing together all that we know about the coastal environment and the challenges we face with climate change and rising sea levels. We will prepare a Coastal Strategy before we undertake the full review of the Coast Plan.
THE REGIONAL COUNCIL OFFICE IN DUNEDIN
We expect to be ready to consult with you about proposed new Regional Council headquarters in Dunedin in the coming year. This has been under discussion for some time. We have a preferred site identified in Dowling Street, and we’re working through whether it’s going to be available. Once we have certainty about the site we will be able to prepare detailed costings which will provide the information we will need to be able to meaningfully consult on the options for our building needs. We expect to be pay for the majority of this project from our building reserve. This will be reflected in budgets only after we have consulted with the community.
Consultation has concluded