Water polo club gets nod for liquor change
DOLPHINS Water Polo Club will be able to serve liquor four days a week after a decision by Claremont Council last Tuesday.
The club sought a greater spread of hours reducing its Wednesday and Saturday hours but gaining new liquor licensed periods on Thursday and Friday.
Club committee member Jeff Braddock spoke at the meeting, explaining that the Dolphins - founded 13 years before the Claremont Aquatic Centre opened were the centre’s oldest tenants.
He said the club had more than 500 members and drew many people to the centre - contributing much to the Town.
Mr Braddock said the club hoped to extend its licensed area from beyond the clubroom to its veranda so spectators could enjoy a quiet drink outdoors.
Councillors voted to approve the new spread of licensed hours - reducing the Wednesday hours to 6pm-9pm (formerly until midnight) and Saturday hours to 2pm-9pm (formerly 1pm-9pm), while allowing the club to serve alcohol from 6pm until 9pm on a Thursday and 4.30pm until 8pm on a Friday.
In addition, the club requested 10 extended trading days or nights to allow them to serve alcohol at functions and games days.
Councillors agreed to refer the request for licensing the veranda and the 10 extended trading days to Town staff for further analysis and consultation with the club.
Cr Kate Main backed all of the club’s requests, arguing that several other sports clubs enjoyed alfresco licensed areas.
Cr Bruce Haynes noted that the Aquatic Centre was not like other sports club facilities because it was a shared community facility.
Mayor Jock Barker observed that, on advice from chief executive Stephen Goode, the Town would be liable for any incident arising from the liquor licensing.
“The council is responsible for the pool - if something goes wrong and the council was not supervising, the council would get sued.
“The outdoor licensed area would have to have supervision from the Town, and the Dolphins would have to pay for it - it is simply too dangerous for the council,” he said.