Con­cert gets booze li­cence


The liquor li­cence for Jan­uary’s Gibb­ston Val­ley Sum­mer Con­cert has been ap­proved and the or­gan­is­ers say ‘‘com­mon sense has pre­vailed’’.

The Queen­stown Lakes District Li­cens­ing Com­mit­tee made the de­ci­sion af­ter a hear­ing on Novem­ber 30 in­volv­ing Green­stone En­ter­tain­ment, po­lice, Pub­lic Health South and the Queen­stown Lakes District Coun­cil.

The li­cence will al­low ev­ery con­cert-goer to buy four un­opened beers or four un­opened ciders and one 750ml bot­tle of wine each time they go to the bar. Po­lice op­posed it be­ing sold un­opened, the quan­tity avail­able to pur­chase at any one time and the hours al­co­hol was able to be sold.

Dur­ing the hear­ing it was re­vealed po­lice caught peo­ple try­ing to smug­gle al­co­hol into previous events us­ing colostomy bags, frozen al­co­holic ice-blocks and um­brel­las.

Green­stone En­ter­tain­ment site man­ager Dean Calvert said he was ‘‘very pleased’’ the ap­pli­ca­tion was sup­ported by the com­mit­tee.

He wasn’t sur­prised there had been op­po­si­tion to the li­cence, but it was the first time it had gone to a hear­ing, he said.

‘‘I do be­lieve that [with] spe­cial li­cences there is a process and this is the way the po­lice, Min­istry of Health and the coun­cil can put their point across. They are try­ing to put in place a stan­dard­i­s­a­tion on what can and can’t hap­pen. I think a hear­ing was the right process.’’

Calvert said Green­stone was well-aware of con­cerns po­lice and the Min­istry of Health had and they would make sure pro­cesses were in place so ev­ery­one had a good time.

‘‘Pro­vided we ad­dress things prop­erly, we shouldn’t have a con­cern.’’

A sell out crowd of about 16,000 peo­ple is ex­pected to watch Bon­nie Tyler, Alan Par­sons Live Project and Ice­house at the pop­u­lar an­nual con­cert.

At last month’s hear­ing Sergeant Tracey Hag­gart said: ‘‘ I ques­tion why it is nec­es­sary to pro­mote the high level of al­co­hol sales per per­son.’’

At the same hear­ing Pub­lic Health South med­i­cal of­fi­cer of health Dr Derek Bell said Green­stone’s ap­pli­ca­tion did not en­cour­age safe and re­spon­si­ble con­sump­tion of al­co­hol.

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