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Clutha District Council Weather/Roading Report

Friday 17  July 2015, 11.30am

Weather/roading report #1

The MetService has issued a Severe Weather Warning for snow and cold winds this weekend.

It says snow is likely to lower to sea level in Fiordland, Southland, Clutha and Otago during Saturday morning and afternoon.  Heavy snow is expected above 500 metres in the South Island.

While in Southland, Fiordland, Canterbury and Marlborough a period of heavy snow could see 10 to 15cm accumulate in a 6 hour period down to 300 metres.

The MetService warns it has the potential to cause major disruptions to transport, cause distress to people or stock in exposed outdoor places, and could damage trees and bring down power lines.

Motorists are advised to drive to the conditions and to check conditions before leaving home.

As usual, our contractors are only able to clear roads once conditions improve and it can take some time for us to be advised of all road closures.

Remember to check the Met Service website http://www.metservice.com/national/home for the latest weather information and the NZTA website http://www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/ for information on State highways.

For general advice about preparing for snowstorms, check out this information: http://www.weatherwatch.co.nz/content/snowstorm-advice-civil-defence  


Clutha District Council Roading Report

Wednesday 15 July 2015, 8.40am

Please be cautious and drive to the conditions this morning.

There is a lot of black and white ice out on the roads, despite no frost last night.

It means the ground is frozen, creating a hazard for drivers, particularly in the Clinton, Clydevale and southern areas of the district.


Clutha District Council Update

Wednesday 8 July 2015, 4.10pm

Weather/roading report #6

Council contractors have advised that Finlayson Road, Owaka Valley Road, Wangaloa Road and Papatowai Highway are now clear.  

Slopedown Road - is being cleared currently.

Tahakopa Valley Road is now open.

But, please remember to drive with care and to the conditions as there will be ice on the road over the next few days.

State Highway 93 from Clinton to Mataura is now open, but there is possible black ice and NZTA advises extra care is required by drivers. Please check the NZTA website http://www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/ for the latest information on State Highways.

The MetService forecast for the Clutha region is for occasional showers, falling as snow above 400 metres and bitterly cold southwesterlies, strong about the coast.

The following roads also  remain closed from last month:

  • Chaslands Highway near Waipati - there is still access along the highway for those travelling as far south as the Waipati Motels and Whistling Frog cafe.

  • Koi Flat Road in West Otago is closed

  • Cannibal Bay Road remains closed from Ahuriri flat to the beach, access is only from Owaka Highway

  • Mouats Saddle Road remains closed - please do not use this road.


Clutha District Council Update

Wednesday 8 July 2015, 12.00pm

Weather/roading report #5

Council contractors are currently out inspecting the roads.

  • Tahakopa Valley Road is remains closed from earlier this week
  • Finlayson Road is recommended for four-wheel drive vehicles only
  • Care is advised on Wangaloa Road from Kaitangata to McCrosties Road as there still snow on this section.
  • Paptowai Highway at Gibbs Hill and Caberfeidh Hill - chains are recommended, due to be graded mid to late afternoon

  • Slopedown Road - grader is on the way to clear snow
  • Owaka Valley Road (this has been closed at the Clinton end) - grader is on the way to clear snow

State Highway 93 from Clinton to Mataura is closed, but please check the NZTA website http://www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/ for the latest information on State Highways.

Please remember to drive with caution and to the conditions as there is still ice and snow around.

The MetService forecast for the Clutha region is for occasional showers, falling as snow above 400 metres and bitterly cold southwesterlies, strong about the coast. However, there are no warnings in place.


Clutha District Council Media Release

Wednesday 8 July 2015, 9.00am

Weather/roading report #4

Council contractors are currently out inspecting the roads this morning.

At this stage motorists are advised to take extreme caution on the roads due to snow and ice.

People should avoid non-essential travel.

State Highway 93 from Clinton to Mataura is closed.

Please check the Met Service website http://www.metservice.com/national/home for the latest weather information and the NZTA website http://www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/ for information on State Highways.


Clutha District Council Media Release

Tuesday, 7 July 2015, 11.50am

Weather/roading report #3

The MetService warning for snow remains in place, snow has been falling to low levels in the Clutha District.

Skies are currently clear over Balclutha, but more snow is expected.

People are advised to only undertake essential travel as the roads are affected by ice and snow, please drive with extreme care.

Tahakopa Valley Road remains closed.

At this stage, other roads are open but motorists should remember to drive to the conditions. Some roads were gritted early this morning and contractors will be monitoring roads as the day progresses.

Remember to check the Met Service website http://www.metservice.com/national/home for the latest weather information and the NZTA website http://www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/ for information on State Highways.

The following roads also  remain closed from last month:

  • Chaslands Highway near Waipati - there is still access along the highway for those travelling as far south as the Waipati Motels and Whistling Frog cafe.
  • Koi Flat Road in West Otago is closed
  • Cannibal Bay Road remains closed from Ahuriri flat to the beach, access is only from Owaka Highway
  • Mouats Saddle Road remains closed - please do not use this road.

For general advice about preparing for snowstorms, check out this information: http://www.weatherwatch.co.nz/content/snowstorm-advice-civil-defence  


Clutha District Council Media Release

Monday, 6 July 2015, 4.40 pm

Weather/roading report #2

The MetService has issued a Severe Weather Warning including snow showers in Clutha, Southland and southern Fiordland. These are expected to become heavier and more persistent tonight (Monday), through to Tuesday night. In the 24 hours from 9pm Monday through to 9pm Tuesday the MetSerivce predicts 20 to 40cm to accumulate above 100 metres, with 5 to 15cm to sea level.

Snow has been falling in higher elevations in the district, as well as lower down in the Catlins. Tahakopa Valley Road is now closed due to snow. This means that as the Chaslands Highway is still closed due to a previous slip, anyone planning to travel on this route will need to make alternative arrangements.

Motorists are advised to drive to the conditions and to check conditions before leaving home on Tuesday morning. Our contractors will not be able to clear roads until conditions improve and it will take some time for us to be advised of all road closures.

A further update on conditions will be issued Tuesday morning, but remember to check the Met Service website http://www.metservice.com/national/home for the latest weather information and the NZTA website http://www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/ for information on State highways.

The following roads also  remain closed from last month:

  • Chaslands Highway near Waipati - there is still access along the highway for those travelling as far south as the Waipati Motels and Whistling Frog cafe.
  • Koi Flat Road in West Otago is closed
  • Cannibal Bay Road remains closed from Ahuriri flat to the beach, access is only from Owaka Highway
  • Mouats Saddle Road remains closed - please do not use this road.

For general advice about preparing for snowstorms, check out this information: http://www.weatherwatch.co.nz/content/snowstorm-advice-civil-defence  


 

Road Closure, Monday, 6 July 2014

 

Tahakopa Valley Road is closed due to snow.

This means that as the Chaslands Highway is still closed due to a previous slip, anyone travelling south to Invercargill will need to use State Highway 1.

 

as of 6 July 2015 the following roads remain closed:

  • Chaslands Highway near Waipati - there is still access along the highway for those travelling as far south as the Waipati Motels and Whistling Frog cafe. For those heading further south than that, please use the detour that is in place through Tahakopa Valley.

  • Koi Flat Road in West Otago is closed

  • Cannibal Bay Road remains closed from Ahuriri flat to the beach, access is only from Owaka Highway

  • Mouats Saddle Road remains closed - please do not use this road.


West Otago News - a newsletter from the West Otago Community Board June/July 2015 (PDF 728kb)


Clutha District Council Media Release

Tuesday 30 June 2015

Nuggets Road Sealing Project Included in NZTA 2015-18 Transport Investment Programme

The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) has announced details of the projects that are included in the 2015-18 Otago Transport Investment Programme.  This includes provision for transportation maintenance and renewals programmes and significant capital projects.

Mr Jim Harland of the NZTA says the 2015-18 National Land Transport Programme represents a significant investment in New Zealand's transport system, with the country facing tight economic conditions, not all proposed activities could be fundeds. 

Clutha District Council has noted that the Nuggets Road Sealing project is included in the programme and is identified as one of four key projects  to help create transport solutions for a thriving Otago. 

The 2015-18 NZTA Transport Investment Programme includes provision for the Nuggets Road Sealing work at a budget of $2.6 million.  This is proposed to be funded with $1.6 million investment from the NZTA and about $1 million funded by Council from an internal loan.  The Council funding was consulted on as a project in the Long Term Plan and the decision was made to approve the funding subject to the NZTA contribution.

Council will now proceed with detailed design work and further cost estimates for this project.  It is anticipated that the project will be tendered for construction over the coming summer construction season.

Manager District Assets, Jules Witt said that Council looked forward to the improved safety and driving experience that this project will bring to a key destination in the Catlins area for both locals and tourists.

ENDS


Clutha District Council Media Release

Tuesday 30 June 2015

Creative Communities Funding Scheme - open for applications from 1 July 2015

If you're looking for funding to support a local project then you should check out the Creative Communities Funding Scheme which provides funding for a broad range local arts.

Examples of projects which funding could be applied for include exhibitions, productions, concerts, festivals,  training workshops and presentations that offer opportunities for community involvement in the arts; or activities that support the traditions and arts of ethnic communities.

The scheme is  administered by Clutha District Council on behalf of Creative New Zealand and supports arts and cultural activities that increase participation and make the arts more attractive and relevant to communities in the Clutha District.

In previous funding rounds, successful applicants included:

  • South Otago Creative Fibre ($1,482) to hold a public dyeing and needle felting course and then a specialised workshop.

  • Strong Black Coffee Productions of West Otago ($5,000) to create a show that brings original wearable art and fashion together.

  • West Otago Theatrical Society ($2,806) to perform and stage Disney's Beauty and the Beast.

  • South Otago Spinners and Weavers ($1,330) to hold weekend workshops for learning to spin, weave and knit.

  • West Otago Remembers ($2,000) to hold an event for Anzac Day 2015.

  • Balclutha Pipe Band ($1,220) to bring a pipe tutor and drum tutor for weekend seminars.

The funding scheme operates four times a year and the three main criteria for applications are:

Participation: The project will create opportunities for local communities to engage with or participate in arts activities, for example: workshops on printmaking, creation of a public artwork, artist residencies, performances by singers or dancers. 

Diversity: the project will support the diverse arts and cultural traditions of local communities, for example: performances by local migrant communities, workshops by groups with experience of disability, exhibitions of Maori heritage.

Young people: your project will enable young people (i.e. under 18 years) to engage with, and actively participate in the arts, for example: printing a collection of writing by young people, young people creating street art.

The closing date for the next round of funding is Friday, 28 August 2015, and we strongly encourage anyone with an arts or cultural project in mind to get in touch with Council and check their eligibility.

Application forms and further information are available on the Council website:  http://www.cluthadc.govt.nz/Funding.htm


Clutha District Council Media Release

Wednesday 24 June 2015

Council announces strategic purchase of industrial land in Balclutha

In keeping with the support shown through the recent Long Term Plan process for Council to take a leadership role in driving our district's economy, Council has purchased 8 hectares of the former Rosebank Sawmill site after being approached by Heartland Bank.

Council Chief Executive Steve Hill said the purchase was consistent with Council's new economic development strategy that was recently adopted along with the Long Term Plan, following public consultation.

"The strategy provides for Council to be more proactive about promoting growth and business investment, including jobs, and allows it to get on and take up opportunities, as long as any decision is, at worst, rates neutral."

For some time now, Council has been identifying non-strategic properties it currently owns and selling them to establish a fund to make future key purchases, such as the sawmill site, without a cost to ratepayers, Mr Hill said.

"Converting the Rosebank sawmill site into an industrial park needs to happen now because we know there is a demand from our businesses to expand, as well as a demand for businesses to locate here."

Council has identified that action needs to be taken in both Balclutha and Milton to facilitate future growth in the towns.

Mayor Bryan Cadogan said he would like to see business-owners use this opportunity as a catalyst to grow their investment in the district.

"This was an opportunity Council could not pass up, especially when we are capable of driving development on a rates neutral basis. With Council's primary objective being to facilitate growth, not make a profit, it allows us to offer affordable sites in a district that has been starved of options for a generation."

To that end, Council planned to ensure maximum yield and quality development of the site as an industrial park for the benefit of the community, Mayor Cadogan said.

There will be opportunities for any size business to advise Council of its needs and for potential developers and investors to advise us of their interests, so the site can be developed to its maximum potential.

At the same time, Council will also provide an opportunity for those interested in purchasing the site's existing assets to make their interests known. 

Council will move quickly to let the public know of the available opportunities.

Brendan Cody of Heartland Bank said after an earlier purchaser withdrew, the bank wanted to avoid this site being land-banked and lying idle.

"We recognised the importance of this site and what it could mean to the future development of the local area so we approached the Council and we are pleased at the positive opportunities this site can now provide for the community."

ENDS


Road Closure, Tuesday 23 June 2015

Koi Flat Road in West Otago will remain closed at the bridge while engineers carry out further assessments.

Flooding is believed to have damaged the bridge abutments.

Motorists can use Charters Road as a bypass.


 

Road Closures, Monday 22 June 2015

 

Koi Flat Road in West Otago is closed at the bridge due to a dropout in the road as you approach the bridge. It will be assessed on Tuesday and more information will be available then.

Chaslands Highway is closed from Papatowai due to a slip.

Traffic is being diverted down Tahakopa Valley Road.

The road is also closed from the Niagara-Tokanui Highway and Chaslands Highway intersection.

The slip has occurred in Southland District Council's roading area.

Southland Council group manager services and assets Ian Marshall said contractors are on site now and there may be some issues for residents, but safety is paramount.

"The slip was identified last night with one lane closed then, but half the road collapsed about 3pm this afternoon and it has been necessary to close off the highway."

Council will assess the options for reopening the road once the risks are fully understood, Mr Marshall said.


Friday, 19 June 2015, 5.15pm

Weather/roading report #3

Cairn Road in the Slopedown/Owaka area is closed due to a slip.

Motorists are advised to drive with care on roads following the recent rain which has caused some scouring and other damage.

The MetService is predicting a strong, cold southerly flow is expected to spread over the South Island on Sunday.  Snow showers are likely to affect the far south (southern Fiordland, Southland, Clutha, central Otago and Dunedin) and Banks Peninsula to near sea level on Sunday. It advises that snow accumulations are not expected to reach warning criteria during this time, however, temperatures are likely to be bitterly cold in exposed places, with disruption possible about some high level roads.


Friday, 19 June 2015, 10.30am

Weather/roading report #2

There are no new road closures to report after the Clutha District escaped the worst of the recent rain and snow. We will be keeping a watch on the next cold weather system that is expected to reach us on Sunday and advise those travelling to drive to the conditions or avoid travel if possible.

The following is the latest information on this from the Metservice:

A strong, cold southerly flow is expected to spread over the South Island on Sunday, then over the North Island on Monday. Snow showers are likely to affect the far south (southern Fiordland, Southland, Clutha, central Otago and Dunedin) and Banks Peninsula to near sea level on Sunday, then to 2 to 300 metres about the lower North Island on Monday.

There is a low confidence of severe southwest gales about the Otago coast and Banks Peninsula on Sunday.

A ridge of high pressure moves across the South Island later on Monday, while southerlies over the North Island strengthen into Tuesday.

Meanwhile, during this time, severe frosts are likely about inland parts of the South Island.

Following last week's flooding Cannibal Bay Road remains closed from Ahuriri flat to the beach, access is only from Owaka Highway. Work to clear this road is expected to begin on Monday, weather permitting. Mouats Saddle Road remains closed.


Weather/roading report #1

Thursday 18 June 2015, 1pm

The MetService has advised that while the Clutha District is not likely to be as hard hit by the bad weather as predicted, it has issued a Snow Watch which covers the possibility of heavy snow in southern parts of Otago, Southland and eastern parts of Fiordland overnight Thursday and early Friday morning, where snow accumulation about 200 metres may be significant.

Motorists are advised to drive to the conditions and to check conditions before leaving home on Friday morning.

Council's Emergency Management Officer is monitoring the situation and  working with the key agencies.

If snow does fall, then any affected roads will cleared in accordance with Council's policy, meaning roads will start to be cleared when no further snow is expected  within 24 hours and so that as many residences are given access as soon as possible. 

Currently, Cannibal Bay Road remains closed from Ahuriri flat to the beach, access is only from Owaka Highway. Work to clear this road is expected to begin on Monday, weather permitting.

Mouats Saddle Road remains closed, but Puketiro Road re-opened this morning.

For general advice about preparing for snowstorms, check out this information: http://www.weatherwatch.co.nz/content/snowstorm-advice-civil-defence  

A further update on conditions will be issued on Friday morning, but remember to check the MetService website http://www.metservice.com/national/home for the latest weather information and the NZTA website for information on State Highways http://www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/index.html.  


Weather/Roading Report Clutha District #2

Monday, 15 June 2015, 1pm

In the Catlins, Mouats Saddle Road is closed due to a slip, Puketiro Road is also closed and Cannibal Bay Road (from Ahuriri flat to the beach) remains closed from last week.

There is surface flooding on some roads throughout the district but at this stage they are passable if drivers take care.

Please remember to drive to the conditions.


Weather/Roading Report Clutha District #1

Monday, 15 June 2015, 9am.

There is currently surface flooding and lots of slips on roads, mainly in West Otago, Pomahaka, Popotunoa, Clinton and the Catlins.

There is also the chance of snow on high country roads.

People need to drive with caution and to the conditions.


 

Clutha District Council Media Release

Friday 5 June 2015

Council urges farmers and growers to take the opportunity to get rid of banned pesticides and harmful agrichemicals

Clutha District Council is encouraging people to take advantage of a free nationwide collection to get rid of banned pesticides stored on rural properties.

The 'Great DDT Muster' gives farmers and growers a free and confidential opportunity to register banned POPs (persistent organic pollutants)  for safe collection and disposal.

POPs were used in many insecticides and sheep dip products from the 1940s to the 1970s, before being banned in 2004 because of the negative effect on people's health and the environment.

DDT was the most common chemical compound but there are about a dozen in total including Lindane, Aldrin, Dieldrin, and Chlordane.

Farmers might recognise brands such as Young's Sheep Dip, Cooper's Louse Powder or Cleanso.

More information about POPs and how to register for free collection can be found at www.thegreatDDTmuster.co.nz  or by calling 0800 247 326.

The pesticides will collected in partnership with the Agrecovery Rural Recycling Programme which collects unwanted or expired agrichemicals.

Now is the chance for Otago and Southland farmers and growers to take advantage of the latest Agrecovery chemical collection, which offers them the chance to safely dispose of other unwanted or expired agrichemicals (with many free of charge or subsidised).

In the last collection held in 2013 in Otago and Southland, just over 3,700kg of unwanted agrichemicals were disposed of, that was nearly 14% of the national volume collected that year.

Farmers and growers need to book in by 26 June 2015 at www.agrecovery.co.nz  or call 0800 247 326.

Council Waste Minimisation Officer Laura Gourley said both the Great DDT Muster and the Agrecovery Rural Recycling Programme were a perfect chance for farmers and growers to get rid of  banned, potentially dangerous or expired pesticides and chemicals.

"Don't wait, it's an easy process to take part in, simply ring 0800 247 326 to make the most of this opportunity."

ENDS


 
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