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.

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