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Greater public say on alcohol
SHAPING UP: The community will be consulted on what shape the new alcohol policy should take.
By CATE BROUGHTON
A REVAMPED local alcohol policy
will give Waimakariri ratepayers a
greater say on the sale and supply of
alcohol in the region.
Under the new Sale and Supply of
Alcohol Act 2012, a district licencing
committee -- chaired by a councillor --
will determine the success or failure
of liquor licence applications.
Under a local alcohol policy, the
committee will have the ability to
consider such things as whether the
location or hours of trading are
They will decide contested and
uncontested applications for new or
renewed licences and manager's cer-
Development of the alcohol policy
and the formation of the committee
will occur over the next 12 months.
Environmental manager Les Pes-
ter said the Waimakariri community
would be consulted on what shape
the new policy should take.
He expected community feeling on
the issue would be surveyed.
The act will take effect in stages
and therefore contested applications
-- such as Hareep Singh's application
for a Super Liquor store in Rangiora
-- will be considered under the old
act. The hearing for Mr Singh's
application will take place at the
Waimakariri District Council on
Road crossing to
be better managed
ON A road that carries 20,000-plus
vehicles a day, it often takes South-
brook housewife and mother Aletta
Duff 15 minutes to get to the main
shopping area when the roads are
When the roads are clear, the
journey takes just five minutes.
That is why Senior Constable Ken
Terry, the youth education officer in
Rangiora, is teaching Southbrook
School how to operate the school
patrol efficiently on Southbrook Rd.
The crossing serves both the
Southbrook School and the Rangiora
New Life School, as well as the
nearby Kindercare learning centre
for pre-school children.
Constable Terry said when he
tried to use the South Belt round-
about at 8.45am last week, he could
not get onto it because the South-
brook Rd traffic was so banked up.
You'll see the traffic banked up
here as soon as we get the school
patrol working,'' he said.
Aletta Duff and Southbrook tea-
cher Jessica Bergs accompanied the
senior pupils as they were put
through their paces by Constable
Terry yesterday. Each had a high-vis
vest proclaiming Road safety is
Senior student, Brittany Lyons,
said it was good to be able to keep
children safe. She lives on the west-
ern side of Southbrook Rd and has to
use the crossing daily.
Another to use the crossing each
school day is Kaleb Humphries,
another Southbrook School pupil.
It's dangerous for children to
have to cross this road and it's good
to be helping them to cross safely,''he
There is a roundabout several
hundred metres north of the
patrolled crossing, at the Southrook
Rd/South Belt intersection, but
nothing to disrupt traffic heading
northwards from Lineside Rd or
CAT DEFENDER: Rhoda Quinn says introduced birds are a curse in her Oxford garden.
Cats responsible for
controlling garden hoons
A FORMER Auckland woman who
now lives at Oxford is keen to let cats
loose on introduced species of birds
which destroy her garden and peck
at the fruit.
Ill-mannered hoons'' such as
blackbirds, thrushes, starlings, quail,
paradise ducks and magpies are
more of a problem than native birds
such as fantails and bellbirds, said
Rhoda Quinn, who runs the Eyre
River Garden and Wedding Centre at
Birds in my garden are a serious
nuisance and such bird-scarers that I
have introduced are far less effective
than a moggie on patrol.''
Mrs Quinn, who has owned the
property for about eight years with
her retired lawyer-husband Kent,
said her cat Charlie often left pres-
frightened off other animals when he
They (the birds) spend a lot of time
on the ground and scratch the garden
mulch onto the lawn, dig up unpro-
tected new plants, steal unripened
currants and berries unless carefully
protected, and peck and break off
other fruit before it is edible.''
Mrs Quinn said Charlie was good
at keeping problem birds in her gar-
den at bay.
Without him on the scene I'd be
lost,'' she said.
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