Plans to work towards the amalgamation of six rural fire authorities have been welcomed by Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean.
The proposal could see Otago’s six rural authories, Central District District Council, Clutha District Council, Department of Conservation Otago, Dunedin City Council, Queenstown Lakes District Council and Waitaki District Council, amalgamate to become the Otago Rural Fire Authority.
The new entity would also include the major forestry companies.
Mrs Dean said although she has no preference regarding amalgamation, she considered the proposal to be proactive and positive.
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