Victory for common sense
Police withdrawing their opposition to a liquor licence for a Central Otago country race meeting is a ‘‘victory for common sense’’, mayor Tony Lepper says.
The Central Otago District Council announced on Wednesday police had withdrawn their opposition to the special licence application by the Great Open Ladies Fund. The fund is made up of a group of women from the Omakau Golf Club who run bars during the annual Omakau race meeting on January 2. The group receives 100 per cent profit for their efforts and is one of 20 local organisations that take a share in profits made on the day.
Otago Central Lakes Area Commander Inspector Olaf Jensen said the Otago Central Lakes Police recognised the race meeting in Omakau was an important and long-standing event for the local community, and police wanted to see the event continue ‘‘successfully, safely and within the law’’.
‘‘Following discussions with police the Central Otago Racing Club has agreed to not encourage or facilitate any bring-your-own aspect to the January 2 race meeting and also ensure effective management of the boundary between licenced areas and general areas as required under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act.’’
Lepper said pressure had come from a national level to reach a sensible local solution to the issue.
The Omakau races will be celebrating its 52nd race meeting on January 2017.