Booze you set the rules

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The boss of Queenstown’s biggest bar-owning firm backs plans for the community to set its own grog rules. 

Good Group chief executive Russell Gray says he supports a Government proposal to establish a “local alcohol plan”, which lets residents decide on the concentration, location and hours of alcohol outlets for both on and off-licences. 

“It’s important for the community to determine the outcomes relative to the sale and supply of liquor and therefore there needs to be local input because one size really doesn’t fit all,” Gray says. 

“Our tourism mecca is slightly different than other parts in New Zealand and as a consequence it needs to reflect that in our local alcohol plans.” 

Gray spoke at a public meeting on Monday night about the Govern-ment’s planned shake-up of alcohol laws along with mayor Clive Geddes and senior sergeant John Fookes. 

If a local plan flies, it’ll be moni-tored and enforced by a new “district licensing committee” replacing the district licensing authority. 

Police want 2am closing for resort bars, which now shut at 4am. 

People are being urged to have their say on the reforms by making a submission to the Government.