The Otago Regional Council is well equipped to continue much of its work over the lockdown period while staff are at home, said ORC chair Marian Hobbs. “During this time, ORC will continue to operate the following essential services to protect human health and the environment and facilitate the movement of essential service staff via public transport.”
Essential services are:
Natural hazard event monitoring, response and recovery (this includes our 24/7 flood monitoring programme)
Operation and maintenance of flood protection and land drainage infrastructure
Public transport (according to guidance from Central Government)
Monitoring its state of the environment network
Notification of any water quality issues that may affect human health.
“We are well placed to continue to provide essential services for the transport of essential service staff and to protect our human health and the environment. These are the times we have planned for, and our staff are working from home to maintain our current work programme. Keep watching our website and social media for updates and new information,” Hobbs said.
ORC in-person customer service points in Dunedin and Queenstown are now closed; however, it will continue to field customer enquiries via phone, social media and email (see contacts below).
It is working on solutions to continue having council meetings and expects to recommence these in a new format in the coming weeks.
Staff will still be available by phone and email via customer services during normal business hours – (03) 440 0056 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
It will be providing more information and updates via its website www.codc.govt.nz, Facebook page and via local media over the coming days.