QLDC is responsible for a wide range of local services, from rubbish collection to parks to infrastructure, and regulatory functions from building consents to alcohol licensing. The mayor is Jim Boult and Arrowtown's representative on Council is Heath Copland. Heath is also an ex officio member of the AVA committee.
Otago Regional Council is primarily concerned with environmental resource management, land and climate, air and water quality, biodiversity and pest control, natural hazards, waste and hazardous substances and public transport. The ORC chair is Marian Hobbs and our Dunstan constituency councillors are Michael Laws, Alexa Forbes and Gary Kelliher.
The two councils work together on some issues, and with civil defence and emergency services on emergency management.
The work of the two councils is funded by rates payable by property owners. Rates vary according to the value of the property and what it is used for.
QLDC residential property rates are payable in four instalments, in late September, late November, late February and late May. Payments not received by 5 pm on the due date incur a 10% penalty.
Otago Regional Council rates are due 31 October.