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forum topics building the future of our district....

Since 2011 we have engaged with our community on a diverse range of topics that were identified as important to you.  Over 2000 community members have spent over 4000 volunteer hours at forums, on taskforces or as members of our Steering Group. 

Following our process of public forum, volunteer taskforce, strategy report, public forum and presentation of recommendations we have engaged with and discussed the areas of Events (2011 and 2016), Energy, Economic Futures (2012 and 2015), Innovation, Upper Clutha Conservation, Visitor and Tourism, Transport and worked with the Glenorchy and Arrowtown communities to create long term visioning. 

Have an idea for a forum?  Please get in touch with us, we are community driven and welcome feedback and ideas. 

For more information including final reports, minutes and updates please choose the forum you are interested in below.  Remember to join Shaping our Future if you want to keep up to date with latest developments!






Otago Regional Water Plan - opportunity for feedback

Otago Regional Water Plan - opportunity for feedback

30 Oct 2017

Anita Golden

The quality of our lakes and rivers, monitoring and future use were highlighted as areas of importance in the Upper Clutha Conservation Report, Upper Clutha Transport Report, Arrowtown and Glenorchy Community Reports and Queenstown Transport.  ORC are currently changing their Water Plan.  Please see the information below on how you can get involved. 


We are developing a change to Otago’s Regional Plan Water (Water Plan) to manage the amount of water in the Clutha/Mata-au, its lakes and main upper catchment tributaries. This includes setting minimum flows and allocation limits for the Clutha/Mata-au, Kawarau and Hawea Rivers and levels and allocation limits for Lakes Wakatipu, Wanaka, Hawea, Dunstan and Roxburgh.

Before we notify a proposed plan change to the Water Plan, we are holding a series of three community consultation sessions over the coming months to develop the plan change. The feedback we receive from the community at these sessions will help us develop the plan change.

The first sessions are between 22 November and 5 December 2017, where we will be asking what’s important for you about the Clutha/Mata-au, Kawarau and Hawea Rivers and Lakes Wakatipu, Wanaka, Hawea, Dunstan and Roxburgh and the availability of water for diverse uses and values. At the start of each session there will be a brief presentation, and following that ORC staff will be available to talk one to one with people. 




Wednesday 22 November 2017

Copthorne Lakefront Hotel

88 Frankton Road

1.30-3.30pm or 6.30-8.30pm





Thursday 23 November 2017

Lake Wanaka Centre

89 Ardmore Street

1.30-3.30pm or 6.30-8.30pm





Monday 27 November 2017

The Gate

6 Barry Avenue





Tuesday 28 November 2017

The Cellar Door

143 Centennial Avenue

1.30-3.30pm or 6.30-8.30pm



Monday 4 December 2017

Roxburgh Memorial Hall

120 Scotland Street





Tuesday 5 December 2017

Rosebank Lodge

265 Clyde Street

1.30-3.30pm or 6.30-8.30pm


If you can’t attend a session, you can check out the information online and submit your feedback there from 22 November or by post (Private Bag 1954, Dunedin 9054). To account for the upcoming holiday season, feedback closes at
5pm on Friday 19 January 2018. 

For more information go to, call 0800 474 082, or email [email protected].

Your feedback on what is important to you will help us develop options for the plan change.  We will consult with you again on these options, and again on a preferred option, before we notify a plan change to the Water Plan.

Upper Clutha Transport Final Report

Upper Clutha Transport Final Report

25 Sep 2017

Anita Golden

We have completed the Upper Clutha Transport Report following two public forums in 2015 and 2016.  Shaping our Future and members of the taskforce are now working on the recommendations with the relevant agencies.  If you would like to get in involved please get in touch! 

Massive thank you to all the taskforce members (volunteers!) for their time and effort over the past two years in developing the vision and recommendations on behalf of the community.   

Upper Clutha Transport Final Report 2017

Upper Clutha Transport Report Appendices 2017

Glenorchy Community Gardens - Discussion meeting

15 Sep 2017

Anita Golden

One of the recommendations included in the Glenorchy Community Visioning report was to investigate the establishment of community gardens.  Come along to the Glenorchy Hall on 23rd September to discuss further!  Details below!


Glenorchy Community Garden

Arrowtown Community Visioning Draft Report 2017

14 Sep 2017

Anita Golden

We invite Arrowtown residents and those with an interest in the Arrowtown Community to join us at our second forum.on the future of Arrowtown.  We will be joined by QLDC representatives seeking feedback for the long term plan.

The draft report was prepared by a volunteer taskforce following our original forum in late 2015.  The information gathered at forum, including the key themes of Growth, Heritage, Character, Community and Environment, form the basis of the report setting out a long term vision and key recommendations towards achieving the vision. 

We will be providing a light supper including pizza from Terra Mia Arrowtown (Thank you!)

When:  Monday 16th October 2017, 6pm - 9pm

Where:  St John's Presbyterian Church, Berkshire St, Arrowtown

RSVP:  [email protected]

or phone Anita on 021 222 1231

The draft report is now available for review here.  We ask that you read prior to attending the forum and bring a copy with you for reference!

If you are not able to make the forum but would like to provide feedback please use our online survey.

Additional Appendix information:


Arrowtown Community Forum 2017

14 Sep 2017

Anita Golden

Our taskforce has been working on their draft report for the Arrowtown Community following our first community forum in 2015.  We invite you to join us for our second forum to provide feedback on the report and the recommendations included.

When:  Monday 16th October 2017

Where:  St John's Presbyterian Church Hall, 26 Berkshire Street, Arrowtown

Time:  6pm - 9pm

RSVP:  Arrowtown Community Forum 2017

The full report will be available shortly.



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