4 November 2013
Central Otago youths are being asked to give their views on alcohol in the community through an online survey to help the Council form a draft Local Alcohol Policy (LAP).
The Council wants to find out what young people, aged 18-30 years of age, think about alcohol. The information will be used to develop a LAP that will guide the hours, location and conditions for places that sell alcohol in the district.
Louise van der Voort, Manager, Planning and Environment, says it is important to know what youth issues are surrounding alcohol use.
“We are contacting high schools and youth organisations and clubs to ask if they will host the survey on their online sites. We want to get as much relevant information as we can from as many young people as possible.
“The LAP – a provision of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 – will be an important tool in trying to minimise alcohol-related harm in our community, especially amongst youth."
Youths have until Friday 22 November 2013 to take the online survey, which can be found on the Getting on it in Central Otago Facebook page or on Council’s website. All those taking part in the survey go into a prize draw for a $100 Highlands Motorsport Park voucher.
The survey is part of pre-consultation for development of a draft Local Alcohol Policy (LAP). Council has also consulted with national and local stakeholders, including Hospitality Association of NZ, Sports Clubs of NZ, Supermarkets, Retail Association, Health Agencies, Social Agencies and Police. At the close of the survey staff will finalise a draft LAP which will be presented to the full Council on 18 December 2013.
Once adopted by Council it will be publicly notified at which time further submissions may be received from any interested person or organisation. These will help formulate the provisional LAP which we will notify in early 2014.