Public have say on booze ban

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Nearly 40 people have had their say on proposed bylaw changes that would effectively ban “Crate Day” in Queenstown.

Queenstown Lakes District Council staff have proposed changes that would ban drinking outdoors in the district’s town centres and some other public areas on “National Crate Day (or any other similar event or promotion)”.

Drinking at licensed premises and at home would still be allowed.

It also proposes extending the existing year-round 10pm-8am drinking ban in streets and other public areas by two hours, beginning instead at 8pm.

Crate Day is a nationwide drinking day in December, which began as a promotion by The Rock radio station.

Submissions on the proposal closed on Sunday. The council confirmed it received 39 submissions.

The bylaw is due for review at a council hearing on September 14.

A council spokesman said the submissions would be available to the public at least two days prior.

Last year, the council used its powers under the existing bylaw to ban public drinking in certain areas for 48 hours surrounding Crate Day.