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Alcohol ban bylaw given go ahead

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25 July 2003


Alcohol ban bylaw given go ahead

Auckland City Council has given the go ahead for officers to begin drafting a bylaw that will allow the council to introduce alcohol bans in the city’s public places.

The Local Government Act 2002 includes a new bylaw making process, which Auckland City must follow should it wish to maintain existing or create new alcohol bans. The first stage of this process requires the council to decide that a bylaw is the most appropriate way of addressing the problem.

Chairperson of Auckland City’s Law and Order Committee, Councillor Noelene Raffills, says she is very pleased with the council’s decision. If a new bylaw is not passed, the current central city alcohol ban will expire in July 2004 and Auckland City will lose the ability to proactively assist the police in managing alcohol related problems.

Councillor Raffills says that alcohol bans effectively reduce alcohol related disorder in public places. However, the council‘s use of bans should be strengthened by the use of other strategies, such as public education, advocating for more police and the implementation of the council’s Alcohol Strategy.

The new alcohol bylaw will now be drafted by council officers. If approved by the City Development Committee and full council, the bylaw will be available for public consultation in November and December 2003.

The draft bylaw will detail the conditions and circumstances under which further alcohol bans can be implemented.

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