Hundreds have view on draft alcohol policy

Hundreds of Southlanders made submissions on a draft local alcohol policy prepared by the the south's three councils.

New laws regulating the sale of alcohol came into effect in December.

Gore District, Invercargill City and Southland District councils then developed the joint Local Alcohol Policy as part of the new legislation.

Invercargill City Council corporate planner Melissa Short said 547 submissions were received.

The responses varied but she did not know how many were for and how many were against the policy.

Issues raised in the submissions included trading hours of bars and off-licence premises and the purposed one-way-door policy.

One submitter questioned what would have to be done in order to host a champagne breakfast.

Many people submitted a Hospitality New Zealand template, where respondents ticked and circled answers to pre-set questions.

Short said that had made the submissions difficult to sort.

About 56 of the submitters had asked to speak to their submissions at a hearing of the three councils.

A date has not been finalised for the hearing.

Hospitality New Zealand Southland regional manager Fiona Morton said she was pleased with the number of respondents.

Twenty-one people submitted in Central Otago, she said.



The Southland Times