Feedback invited from public

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Public feedback is invited during a forum to be held as part of the Otago Conservation Board’s next meeting in Alexandra this month.

Board chairwoman Tara Druce said the board met six times a year.

The next meeting would be at the council chambers in Dunorling St, on February 27, she said.

“We are the public voice for conservation,” Ms Druce said.

“Every time we have meetings, we run a public forum and provide an opportunity for people to speak to the board about conservation issues.”

There is a field trip the following day but details are not yet available.

The agenda includes discussions on freshwater and biodiversity issues, as well as the current whitebait consultation, the Mount Aspiring National Park Management Plan and the growing importance of managing tourism and the conservation estate.

She said the board brought together regional and district councils, Beef +Lamb New Zealand and other groups to form a forum to “tackle the rapidly declining biodiversity in Otago” about 14 months ago.

It now carries out a range of activities.

Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan will outline what the Central Otago District Council had been doing to address biodiversity issues within its region.

“If the public wants to speak at the meeting, they need to get in touch to register their intent,” she said.

To register contact otagoconservationboard@doc.govt.nz

YVONNE.O’HARA

@alliedpress.co.nz