Central Otago Sustainable Living Info

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Coming events - Central Otago

Central Otago District Council membrship is on hold at present.   Non-government orgnisations remain programme users:

Abi Hawkins,  sustainability@coreap.org.nz  03 4486115 mobile 0211022182,  Sustainable Living Program Coordinator, Central Otago REAP, Community House, Alexandra.   Anna Robinson is the Enviroschools facilitator, based there.

CO WasteBusters run composting workshops - enquire at 03 4489948 . 

Local Food Wanaka run seminars. Email them localfoodwanaka@gmail.com

Gardens and backyards

Gardening and “Dr Compost” workshops from Wanaka Wastebusters (page includes downloadable articles with seasonal advice)

see also events listings above.

Food choices

Cromwell (Central Otago) farmers market (October through to February, Sundays 9 to 1, old Cromwell Town)  Their newsletter available by Email:   Jill  cofmmanager@gmail.com 

Minimising waste

Download page for waste minimisation & recycling A-Z directory.

Towards Zero Waste. News on the fortnightly rubbish and recycling collection    (and archive of Gearing Up for Change news columns)

What is hazardous waste

Where to recycle Electronic scrap items (E-waste)

Resilience & Emergency management

Overview of Civil Defence and Emergency Mangement in Central Otago.

Potential hazards in Central Otago.

Getting prepared at home

Suggestions for emergency survival kit.

If evacuation is required.

Building work - for warm and dry homes

Construction and demolition waste minimisation

Info on Clean Heat - Clean Air (heating appliance replacements for cleaner urban air).

Update on subsidies for cleaner heating to improve air quality, Otago Regional Council 2019

Back issues of ORC AirZone newsletter

Home water use and impacts

District Council fresh water supply info  

Read about effect of flooding on water catchments 

Water conservation tips.  (at bottom of that page are two booklets, to download as PDF)

Water meters and how to read them 

Stormwater and how to protect it

Wastewater info.

Getting around Central Otago

Cromwell-Dunedin ‘Catch A Bus’ bus service, links include Alexandra, Clyde, Ranfurly and Middlemarch.  You can download timetable here

Car sharing & scheduled buses on trips to and from Dunedin.  

Driving Miss Daisy -  Personalised transport to local appointments. Kerry Reid 0800 948432, or 034485135

St Johns Health Shuttle to Dunedin- Cromwell Resource Centre 0800 785276

Wheels to Dunstan – Wanaka Community Networks , 034437799

Cycle Central Otago  and several rides described for visitors.

Public tracks and rural walkways.

Extra info sources on sustainability


Making a Difference for Central Otago (MAD4CO) is the action & learning arm of the Sustainable Living Programme in this district.   It is hosted by Central Otago REAP   and has a Facebook page.

Seven Public Libraries in the district.  Library catalogue search (joint service with QT Lakes District)

Public seminars and community groups working with Otago Regional Council (& download an events newsletter)

Enviroschools Otago, and local contact supported by CO District & REAP (Participating schools are: Tarras School, Cromwell Primary, Goldfields Primary, Clyde School, The Terrace, Alexandra Primary, St Gerards, Roxburgh Area School and the Maniototo Area School.) Central Otago District Enviroschools Facilitator – Anna Robinson at C O REAP 0800267327, 03 4486115. envirosust@coreap.org.nz

Alexandra Community Advice network 

Maria de Cort is the District Council Communications  Coordinator, 03 440 0600 Mobile 021 991 952 mkd@codc.govt.nz     William Fraser Building, 1 Dunorling Street, Alexandra | PO Box 122, Alexandra 9340

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