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Dunedin’s Octagon Enforces Dress, Behaviour Code


Licensed Premises in Dunedin’s Lower Octagon want to ensure a continued vibrant, cosmopolitan environment and to help achieve this have banded together to implement a behaviour and dress policy.

Spokesperson for the recently formed Lower Octagon Licensed Forum, Richard McLeod, says the licensees have agreed to the policy to encourage people visiting the precinct to observe appropriate standards of dress and behaviour.

“Anyone who is outside the dress code or behaves inappropriately will be asked to leave and will be banned from all the Lower Octagon bars for the night. We are trying to set reasonable standards, so that everyone can enjoy a night out in a safe environment, and violence or repeated unacceptable behaviour will result in a permanent ban.”

Mr McLeod says the Octagon is continuing to grow in popularity and licensees do not want to be faced with “loutish behaviour” which may impact on the good reputation the area has.

“We know that most people who come into the Octagon have a positive attitude and want to enjoy the facilities and entertainment we are offering and our aim is to continue to provide a great atmosphere.”

In a first for the area, The Forum, along with fellow Lower Octagon retailers, have applied to the Dunedin City Council for a trial weekend closure to traffic in the Lower Octagon during this summer.

“The location lends itself to pedestrian traffic and we believe this will enhance the cosmopolitan ambience of the precinct, increase retail pedestrian flows and reinforce the relaxed nature of the area.”

An innovative Lower Octagon weekly Thursday promotion co-ordinated by the Forum, and supported by all the licensees, is expected to be a significant attraction during summer.

“Every Thursday each venue will provide top line entertainment, complimentary food between 9.30-10.30pm and the opportunity to get a free taxi home”

Mr McLeod says the Forum is confident of receiving support from the authorities, including the Dunedin City Council and the police, to help achieve on going improvements in the area.

“We believe our latest initiatives will ensure the future vibrancy and appeal of the precinct and we will continue to spearhead proposals to reinforce the Octagon’s role as the hub of Dunedin entertainment.”


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