Clutha River / Mata-Au water allocation

Photo: Glenda Turnbull / Wanaka Sun

Public consultation on Clutha sought

 

Public consultation about the future of the Clutha River’s water allocation will take place in Wanaka on Thursday, November 23.

The Otago Regional Council (ORC) will ask members of the public why the river is important to them in a range of sessions in Otago to help make decisions on water management.

Minimum flows and water allocation limits may be set for the main stems of the Clutha and Hawea rivers as part of developing changes to Otago’s Water Plan, which also means that limits could also be set for lakes Wanaka, Hawea and Dunstan.

ORC director policy planning and resource management Tanya Winter said that the Clutha River plays a huge role in commercial and recreational activity in the region, as well as contributing to the aesthetic appeal of Otago as a destination.

Once management options have been identified, they will be put forward for the second round of public consultation in 2018.

Wanaka’s session takes place tomorrow (Thursday, November 23) between 1.30pm and 3.30pm and again from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at the Presbyterian Community Church on Tenby Street.

Cromwell’s session will be on Monday, November 27 at The Gate, Barry Avenue, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

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