New licensing committee members sought

The group responsible for alcohol licensing in Dunedin will soon change.

Up to five new members are being sought for the Dunedin District Licensing Committee (DLC), as it undergoes a review.

A 2019 national review of committees concluded women and young people were under-represented, alongside a lack of ethnic diversity, and prompted changes in Dunedin.

Outlined in a report by policy analyst Anne Gray, the aim of the review was to ‘‘ensure the make-up of the DLC membership reflects the interests of the Dunedin community in terms of skills, diversity of representation and succession planning’’.

A panel would be established to manage the review, and Dunedin City councillors will decide its make-up on Monday.

City councillors Lee Vandervis and Mike Lord were confirmed as members until May 2023, and Otago Regional councillor Andrew Noone was confirmed until 2021.

At least two, and up to five new members will be needed to ‘‘ensure a quorum is maintained and that the community is well-represented’’.

Members will be appointed at a council meeting on July 28, and the new committee will begin August 3.

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