About the Draft Alcohol Control Bylaw...

Background

To encourage a safe environment in our public spaces, the Bylaw bans alcohol in specified areas in the District. This is to assist with protecting the public from nuisance, promoting and maintaining public health and safety and minimising the potential for offensive behaviour in public places. It also gives Police a mandate to deal with alcohol related issues like antisocial behaviour, helping to keep our communities safe.

The options available to Council are:

  • (a)  Revoke the Liquor Ban Bylaw (no longer have liquor ban areas in the District);

or

  • (b)  Adopt the draft Alcohol Control Bylaw with changes. The changes proposed by Council prior to consultation are outlined below.

Proposed changes to the bylaw

The main areas of change between the current bylaw and the draft bylaw are summarised below:

  • Replace all use of the word “liquor” with the word “alcohol” to reflect the amended legislation, including replacing the definition of “liquor” with a definition of “alcohol”;
  • Amend date references to reflect that this is a new bylaw;
  • Amend definitions to bring them in line with the amended legislation;
  • Add Murphy Park to the table in section 2: 24/7 alcohol control from beginning of rugby/rugby league season each year. To be advertised two weeks prior to the beginning of the season and at the end of the season.
  • Add section 4.2 to include vehicles within public places, in light of changes to the wording of section 147 of the LGA;
  • Add section 3 to link the means of providing public notice of a resolution with the LGA definition of “public notice”, including any future amendments of this term, allowing for notice to be by electronic or other means in future should the legislative definition of this term allow for it;
  • Amend the wording of section 5 to reflect the new wording of section 147(4) of the LGA (the existing wording reflected former section 147(3) of the LGA which has been replaced by section 147(4)), and
  • Correct minor formatting and consistency errors.

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