Have your say on liquor licensing in Buller

The Buller District Council is developing a draft Local Alcohol Policy (LAP) and wants to know what you think about issues relating to the sale, supply and consumption of alcohol in Buller.

A public meeting will be held at 7.30pm on Thursday 12 September 2013 at the NBS Theatre Westport, to provide more information about what the draft LAP may contain and to give people an opportunity to share their views. The meeting will include presentations from Police and Community and Public Health.

At the meeting Council will also be seeking two members of the public to join a working group to contribute to drafting the LAP.

Councils around New Zealand are able to draft LAPs following the passing of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. The Act allows councils to have a policy on specific matters relating to liquor licensing for their district. These matters include the location of licensed premises, whether further licenses should be issued for the district and maximum trading hours for licensed premises.

Council is also currently seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified people to become List Members of the District Licensing Committee (DLC), a new licensing body that will be responsible for issuing all alcohol licences in Buller from 18 December this year. The creation of a DLC is a requirement of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. More information about the DLC is available by clicking here, and from Council’s Westport and Reefton Offices.