Alcohol ban in place
Posted at 5:58am Thursday 20 Dec, 2018 | By Emma Conyngham firstname.lastname@example.org
People who attempt to get too merry in the town centre this holiday season will be slapped with an immediate $250 fine. In order to keep the town a safe family zone, between the hours of 8pm and 8am, it's not just the consumption of alcohol in the perimeter that receives a fine, but the possession—even if you don't open it. It is also illegal to possess or consume alcohol in a motor vehicle.
From December 27 to January 6, the ban is 24 hours so a glass of bubbly with your picnic lunch on the lakefront needs a rethink. If you plan to have a tipple with your barbeque sausages, look for a spot outside the ban zone.
QLDC adopted the Alcohol Restrictions in Public Places Bylaw 2018 in November. This enforces the alcohol-free perimeters year-round (see maps for Wanaka and Hawea). As it only came into effect recently, many people may be unaware of the rules. But police are now enforcing the ban and ignorance is no defence.
Chief Alcohol Inspector Sian Swinney said, “We wish all our residents and visitors a safe and happy Christmas and ask that if you're catching up with friends that includes a drink or two in a public place, you check the maps online or follow any signage in the area. Nobody wants to end up paying $250 just for a couple of beers.”