We are excited to share the fantastic success of the annual Lake Dunstan Clean-Up event, which once again showed just how powerful our community can be when we come together. On September 16th, 138 residents and local community group members rolled up their sleeves to restore the beauty of the shoreline, covering Richards Beach to McNulty Inlet.
Big thanks go out to those who made this event happen: Te Tapu o Tane for their great coordination, CODC for providing access to the transfer station, and Hirepool for generously lending us tools. We also want to give a shoutout to Lions, Ladies Lions, Old Cromwell Inc, Rotary, U14 Rugby, Scouts, Mohiki Reforestation Trust, Rowing, and Cromwell Primary for their active involvement. Your collective efforts showcased our tight-knit community.
This event is proof of what we can achieve when we all work towards a common goal. As we move forward, let's continue to work together to protect the natural beauty of Lake Dunstan and celebrate the unity that makes our community so special.
Hundreds of truckloads of silt looks set to be removed from the Bannockburn Inlet near Cromwell and pumped further down the Kawarau Arm of Lake Dunstan towards the town.
On 9th May 2023, we attended the annual Lake Dunstan Aquatic Weed Management meeting to review the 2022/23 works and assist in the planning for 2023/24. Toitū Te Whenua LINZ, Boffa Miskell, NIWA, ORC, Otago Fish & Game, Clutha Fisheries Trust, and ourselves were in attendance.
Cromwell locals are being invited to one of two community workshops to map out potential ideas to spruce up the lake edge around the town’s heritage precinct.
It is part of new obligations on Contact Energy, outlined in the latest management plan for the Kawarau Arm of Lake Dunstan.
Lake Dunstan's volunteer watchdogs are welcoming a new plan that will ensure the owners of the Clyde Dam work to better clean up a section of the lake.
Contact Energy has delivered a plan for managing landscape and visual amenity values along the Kawarau Arm of Lake Dunstan - within its consents held around its Clyde Hydro scheme in Central Otago.
Navigating multiple ways to value water: A case study of the trade-offs of the Clyde Dam in Central Otago, New Zealand
Alice Tilley, a BSc in Water Science, Policy and Management student at the University of Oxford, has recently published her paper on the trade-offs of the Clyde Dam on the local region. It was a pleasure to assist Alice with her research and welcome everyone to have a read.
Don’t let the lupins win: roll up your sleeves and come down and help with the annual lakeside clean-up in Cromwell this Saturday (September 17).
Back in July there was a brief one in five year window where ORC could trigger a review of resource consent conditions relating to the effects of the Clyde Dam. The Lake Dunstan Charitable Trust submitted two open letters of recommendation to the ORC to request this process be triggered.
Last week, ORC revealed they will progress with a review of conditions associated with the Landscape Visual Amenity Management Plan (LVAMP). Current consents expire in 2042, however, the 5-year windows allow for reassessments and necessary changes to better comply with the RMA.
Exactly what Contact Energy needs to do to manage the effects on Lake Dunstan of its operation of the Clyde Dam will come under the spotlight.
The Otago Regional Council has opted to take a once-in-a-five-year opportunity to review the energy company’s resource consent obligations.