It seems Dunedin's students may get a win, a Dunedin City
Council subcommittee having recommended the council not
impose a liquor ban in North Dunedin.
In early 2012, after multiple disorder and safety issues with
student street parties, including the Hyde St keg party, the
council consulted publicly on a proposal to extend the
central city liquor ban to North Dunedin.
After a hearing of submissions, including those from students
opposed to a ban, the liquor bylaw hearings subcommittee met
interested parties and this week recommended the council
instead concentrateon a ''collaborative approach being
developed by key stakeholders'' to address alcohol-related
issues in North Dunedin and the city.
Sub-committee chairman Cr Colin Weatherall and members Crs
Kate Wilson and Andrew Noone also recommended the council
give further consideration to extending the liquor ban to
neighbouring streets, to take into account the displacement
of drinking in public places.
Councillors will consider the recommendations at Monday's
full council meeting.
A report to the council says the problems in North Dunedin
tend to be isolated to the beginning of the year and
irregular times through the year.
It notes changes to be introduced through the Local
Government (Alcohol Reform) Amendment Act are likely to make
it difficult to justify an extension.
It also says discussions between various organisations,
including student bodies, have led to the beginnings of a
group approach to addressing alcohol-related issues in North
Dunedin and the city generally and there is a willingness to
work together as the problems are affecting everyone.