Southland District road & water works

Southland District Council is responsible for public water and waste infrastructure in the Southland District.

This means Council will be required to undertake repairs and maintenance work from time to time. View emergency & planned works here

Council is also responsible for managing nearly 5000km of roads throughout Southland. This means road works to repair and maintain our roads. View current road works & closures here



Southland District road & water works

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Nominate youth with community spirit

Southland District Council wants to say thank you to a young Southlander whose generosity has benefited the community they live in.

Nominations for the annual Community Spirit Award are now open.

The award has been running since 2012 and recognises the hard work of a community-minded young person. The winner will receive $100 and be presented with a trophy in a ceremony at Council.

Nominees must attend a school as a Year 12 or 13 student and live in the Southland District. They can be nominated by a fellow student or a member of their community, and their nomination must be seconded by a working teacher or principal at the student’s school.

Nominations will close at 5pm on 27 November.

Apply and view the full conditions of entry here

Nominate youth with community spirit


Borrow books & use online library services

Council has eight main libraries and a mobile book bus, and membership is free to all Southland District residents.

You can borrow a book several different ways:

Southland District libraries have material in a variety of formats, including large print, audio, dvd, e-books and e-audiobooks.  Most items are loaned free of charge although a small charge is placed on services such as reserves and interloans, and to borrow dvds.

Our branches offer free wi-fi access and computer use.

As a member of Southland District Libraries you may download e-books and e-audiobooks at no charge (external link)

Borrow books & use online library services

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Southland Regional Development Strategy

For Southland to reach its potential and build a stronger, brighter future it needs more people. To achieve this goal a bold approach and collaborative effort across all of Southland is required.

Those are among the key proposals in the Southland Regional Development Strategy document, launched in October 2015.

The strategy was commissioned by the Mayoral Forum to unify regional development and to look at levers for economic and social development. It wanted a clear statement of problems and a framework to develop solutions, as well as a strategy document providing a clear plan of united action.

Download the strategy here [PDF, 7.3 MB]

View media releases from Southland Regional Development Strategy Establishment Group Chair Mark O’Connor here and a combined release from the local councils here

Southland Regional Development Strategy