Bye, bye bar hop?

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - RHYS CHAM­BER­LAIN

Pub crawl op­er­a­tors could be faced with tough new re­stric­tions on boozy bar-to-bar tours if changes to Queen­stown’s nui­sance by­law are ap­proved.

Un­der the pro­posal, li­censed tour op­er­a­tors could re­quire a per­mit.

The Queen­stown Lakes Dis­trict Coun­cil could im­pose con­di­tions, in­clud­ing the du­ra­tion and times of op­er­a­tion, re­stric­tions on group num­bers and health, safety and hy­giene re­quire­ments.

Sergeant Mark Gill said pub crawls ‘‘ac­tively pro­mote the con­sump­tion of al­co­hol’’.

Down­town QT and the South­ern Dis­trict Health Board also submitted in favour of the pro­posed changes.

Big Night Out’s Dex­ter De­vlin ac­cused the coun­cil of opt­ing to ad­dress the by­law to suit them­selves.

He noted the po­lice sub­mis­sion came ‘‘well after’’ the sub­mis­sions pe­riod closed and after the coun­cil put the ini­tial hear­ing off to a later date.

Chair of the hear­ing, Mayor Vanessa van Uden, said the coun­cil was fol­low­ing nor­mal pro­cesses.

De­vlin said po­lice claims were ‘‘un­founded and un­sub­stan­ti­ated’’.

Van Uden said ‘‘there has been no ma­nip­u­la­tion of the process’’.

Re­sults of the hear­ing would be put to a full coun­cil meet­ing in Septem­ber.

DEB­BIE JAMIESON

Queen­stown Lakes Mayor Vanessa van Uden and Prime Min­is­ter John Key in Queen­stown last week.

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