4am clos­ing ap­pli­ca­tion op­posed

Otago Daily Times - - WANAKA TIMES - MARK PRICE

A WANAKA bar is chal­leng­ing an ‘‘his­toric ac­cord’’ signed by the town’s li­censees not to stay open be­yond 2.30am.

The owner of Cork Bar, in Hel­wick St, Sa­muel Warnock, has ap­plied to the Queen­stown Lakes Dis­trict Coun­cil’s li­cens­ing com­mit­tee to sell al­co­hol from 11am un­til 4am in in­door ar­eas and 11am un­til 10pm in out­door ar­eas.

The cur­rent li­cence al­lows trad­ing un­til 2.30am in in­door ar­eas and 10pm in out­door ar­eas.

Wanaka Al­co­hol Group mem­ber Bron­wyn Co­ers told the Otago Daily Times yes­ter­day her group op­posed the move for three main rea­sons.

There was po­ten­tial for noise is­sues from the bar, pa­trons leav­ing the bar at 4am would have no com­mu­nity sup­port ser­vices in the form of po­lice, am­bu­lance or taxis.

Ms Co­ers said they would be po­ten­tially dis­rup­tive to other res­i­dents who were asleep, as they re­turned to their ac­com­mo­da­tion.

‘‘Are they go­ing back into our neigh­bour­hoods where fam­i­lies are try­ing to have a qui­eter time, a rest­ful time, to restart their day?’’

She was also con­cerned if one bar was suc­cess­ful in ob­tain­ing a later clos­ing time, other bars would fol­low.

While there were bars in Queen­stown that closed at 4am, Ms Co­ers be­lieved the 2.30am clos­ing time was a point of dif­fer­ence for Wanaka.

‘‘We ac­tu­ally want to be dif­fer­ent to Queen­stown.

‘‘We’re not want­ing that all­night ac­tiv­ity en­vi­ron­ment.’’

She ex­pected the group to have the op­por­tu­nity to raise its con­cerns with the li­cens­ing com­mit­ tee at a hear­ing later in the year.

She also hoped to dis­cuss the mat­ter di­rectly with the bar owner.

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the bar was not avail­able for com­ment yes­ter­day.

Ac­cord­ing to his ap­pli­ca­tion, Mr Warnock has owned a bar in Pon­sonby, Auck­land, for 19 years.

Cork Bar opened about a year ago, in a build­ing pre­vi­ously oc­cu­pied by a photography shop.

PHOTO: MARK PRICE

Cork Bar in Hel­wick St, Wanaka.

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