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Booze policy changes on the table

Last updated 05:00 08/02/2013

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An alcohol policy for Auckland will be put together over the next 18 months.

The document will guide Auckland Council and could determine the location, density and maximum trading hours of licensed premises.

Councillor and community safety forum chairman George Wood says the document will allow more local input into policy development and liquor licensing decisions.

It is being developed to comply with the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act, passed by the Government in December.

"There is a huge programme of work to implement the new act but we have already done a lot of work to prepare for this and are committed to getting the new rules in place in a timely manner."

The act will replace the council as sole district licensing agency with new district licensing committees.

The council will engage with industry, key stakeholders and communities and also carry out public consultation in developing the policy.

It is expected to be finished in late 2014.

Mr Wood says the council recognises it is important to balance public safety and creating a liveable city as well as supporting the hospitality sector.

Liquor bylaws and bans are also being reviewed.

Visit aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/liquor for more information.

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- Eastern Courier

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