Tasman Local Alcohol Policy Development to be Driven by Community Views

Monday 4 March 2013

Tasman District Council’s Environment and Planning Committee has given the green light to the development of a local alcohol policy (LAP) for Tasman District.

The progress of a LAP across the Top of the South has been a project since September last year with all three Councils involved. The agreed outcome is not a joint LAP, but it is intended that the three Top of the South Councils (Tasman, Nelson, and Marlborough) will have closely aligned LAPs with identified economies and that staff from the three Councils will work co-operatively to achieve that goal.

The process for developing the LAP is prescribed in the recently enacted Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.

The first step in Tasman is Council staff undertaking a community survey to establish what the community thinks about the issues that a LAP can deal with. Over the next week or two, a random selection of residents will be approached to see if they wish to take part in the survey.

Project Leader Graham Caradus said, “through this channel we are hoping to get a broad cross section of views from the community, and hope that it will include people that may not otherwise choose to formally submit on Council Policy. If you are approached to complete a survey, your cooperation would be appreciated.”

"Once that information is collated along with demographic, crime and health information, and advice taken from Police, the Medical Officer of Health, and ACC, the issues will be work-shopped with Council and a draft policy will be developed."

“The draft policy will then be used for wider consultation in the community and feedback from that process used to formulate a Provisional LAP. The provisional LAP is prevented by statute from being advertised prior to 18 December, but we will try to be completed by that date to limit any subsequent hold-ups.”