Tipping out liquor gets DCC nod

A temporary liquor ban around Forsyth Barr Stadium has won the support of the Dunedin City Council.

Councillors at yesterday's full council meeting voted to approve the temporary ban, covering streets around the stadium, the University Oval cricket ground and Logan Park from February 17-28.

The temporary ban would cover most Orientation Week events at the stadium, two Highlanders matches and three Cricket World Cup fixtures at nearby University Oval.

Alcohol would still be served inside the venues.

Yesterday's decision came after concerns were raised about a cocktail of booze, students and Orientation Week, which were set to overlap with the arrival of the Cricket World Cup and a throng of international media.

Most councillors voted to support the temporary ban after Sergeant Ian Paulin, speaking at the meeting, said it was aimed at giving police another tool to identify - and deal with - intoxicated troublemakers.

Anyone found consuming alcohol inside the prohibited area would be asked to tip out their alcohol.

Several measures could be used for those who did not follow the rules, ranging from warnings to $250 fines, but only the few who failed the ''attitude test'' would be arrested, he said.

Cr Andrew Noone urged councillors to support the move, which had the support of stakeholders including the Otago University Students' Association, saying it would give police another tool to keep everyone safe.

The city's reputation also needed to be protected, as it would be on show to international media during the Cricket World Cup, he cautioned.

''I think it's particularly important we show ourselves in a good light. We have got a lot at stake.''

Councillors voted to approve the temporary ban, with only Cr Hilary Calvert voting against the move.


N. Dunedin liquor ban

• February 17-28

• Covering Forsyth Barr Stadium, University Oval and surrounding streets.

• In force during Cricket World Cup, Orientation Week and two Highlanders matches.


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