Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Queenstown: Proposals to Address Crate Day Disorder

Alcohol Ban Bylaw Review Proposes to Address Crate Day Disorder


Officers at Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) have proposed extending daily alcohol ban periods and a total alcohol ban for National Crate Day in the interests of minimising harm and offensive behaviour in the district’s public places.

The disorderly behaviour of some National Crate Day attendees at Queenstown’s Village Green in 2016 led to Police intervention and concerns from members of the public that felt unsafe. The morning after, QLDC officers observed a significant amount of alcohol-related litter left in the Village Green area.

QLDC Team Leader (Alcohol) Sian Swinney acknowledged that this was a key influence in the Regulatory team’s recommendations to the elected Councillors which they will consider at their meeting this week.

“The concerns raised by Police and Council officers demonstrate that the disorder on National Crate Day 2016 was worsened by alcohol consumption. Extending the alcohol ban in public areas to apply over a 24-hour period is therefore an appropriate and proportionate response in the interests of public safety and protecting them from alcohol-related nuisance and offensive behaviour.”

“And if the recommendation is ultimately adopted, people will still be able to enjoy a drink at home or in licensed premises,” said Ms Swinney.

In addition to a district-wide alcohol ban in public places for National Crate Day, the report recommends extending the current year-round alcohol ban period which applies to areas specified within the bylaw.

“The current ban period is from 10.00pm on any day through to 8.00am the following day. We are proposing that ban period starts two hours earlier from 8.00pm. We believe this will create an environment that feels safer for everyone to enjoy and will encourage people to either drink at home or in licensed premises where there are better controls on hand for disorderly behaviour,” added Ms Swinney.

QLDC is required to review its Alcohol Bylaw by the Local Government Act 2002, and if the recommendations are adopted by Councillors a period of consultation will be publicly notified allowing the community at least a month to make a submission on the proposal.

An appointed hearings panel would be required to hear submissions and make a final recommendation to full Council.

The Council meets this week on Thursday, 26 July.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Dealing Crackdown, Addiction Support: Government Action On Synthetics

The NZ Drug Foundation has welcomed the Government’s response to synthetic drug deaths. The response strikes a balance between giving law enforcement the tools they need to target criminal networks and changing drug law to make it easier for people to access help when they need it. More>>

ALSO:

Strategy Committee Unanimous: Wellington To Forge Ahead With Convention Centre

The three-storey Cable Street building, with around 18,000-square metres of floor space, will comfortably be able to host 1500 people for conventions. It includes a 1651sq m exhibition area that will attract international exhibitions too big for nearby Te Papa and provide an always-changing visitor attraction. More>>

ALSO:

Surveying The Surveillance: First IGIS Review Of Warrants Under New Act

The report sets out the Inspector-General’s interpretation of the new warrant provisions under the ISA and her expectations of the GCSB and NZSIS when they prepare warrant applications. More>>

SSC: 2018 Public Service Workforce Data Published

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has published the 2018 Our People, Public Service Workforce Data , which shows the Public Service is making significant progress in important areas. More>>

ALSO:

Sinking Cap: Auctions, Permanent Forests, Added To ETS

The move to auctions, signalled in an August consultation paper, will help put a cap on the number of emission units available over time. Annual announcements, looking forward five years, will help provide certainty for scheme participants, she said. More>>

ALSO:

Joint Select Committee Report: Achieving Smokefree 2025

In a historic first for select committees, the Māori Affairs Committee and the Health Committee presented their joint report on achieving the Smokefree 2025 goal to the House on Tuesday, 11 December 2018. More>>

"Shared Interests And Democratic Values": Peters To Visit USA

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington D.C. for talks with US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and other senior members of the US Administration. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels