Moana Glass Bylaw Review

Issued 18 April 2018
Submissions have closed (they closed on Monday 21 May 2018)

What is being proposed?

Grey District Council has in place the Moana Glass Bylaw 2004. This Bylaw was first adopted by Council in November 2004 and reconfirmed in June 2008. The purpose of the Bylaw is to protect public safety and the enjoyment of public spaces in Moana over the New Year’s Eve period and focusses on reducing the impacts of broken glass in high use areas (often occurring during festivities etc).

The Bylaw requires that no person shall bring or possess glass drinking vessels or containers (ie bottles) in controlled places during the specified period. The specified period is from noon on 31 December to noon on 1 January. Council may specify additional periods by resolution and they will be publicly notified in accordance with the requirements of the Bylaw.

The controlled area is:

 

 Moana Glass Bylaw - controlled area (png, 37KB)

The Bylaw does not prohibit transportation of liquor in unopened bottles or unopened containers which complies with the terms of the Bylaw.

Council is not proposing any changes to the existing Bylaw.

Why is this being proposed?

Under the Local Government Act 2002 Council has to review its Bylaws regularly. The Moana Glass Bylaw 2004 is now due for a review, and as outlined in our Significance and Engagement Policy, Council is intending to use the Special Consultative Procedure for public consultation.

It is noted that Council does not think the continuation of the Bylaw in its current form will have any significant impact on the community. This Bylaw will continue to ensure the safe usage of public areas in Moana.

What are the options?

There is only one practicable option, namely that Council consults on the reviewed Moana Glass Bylaw 2004 with no changes proposed (except for a minor legislation update) and considers any submissions received via the public consultation process prior to the final Bylaw being adopted.

Benefits:

  • It confirms Council’s strong commitment to address an issue which is important to Moana.
  • Council is acting proactively by implementing standards that will ensure Moana, as a high visitor area during holidays etc, remains free from broken glass.
  • It fits with Council’s vision of making the Grey District a progressive, sustainable area where people want to live, work, play and invest in.
  • Residents and stakeholders will have the opportunity to share their views through consultation.
  • The ban provides an appropriate balance between regulatory controls through a bylaw and the rights of residents/visitors to enjoy drinks in public places.
  • It minimises the potential for nuisance behaviour in public places.
  • There is minimal evidence to suggest the ban area should be increased/reduced.
  • Help prevent glass on public beach and reserve spaces.

Negatives:

  • There could be a desire within the community for changes to the ban area or specified period.
  • Council has no ability to enforce without a bylaw in place.

How to have your say

Residents are strongly encouraged to have a say. We want to hear from as many people as possible before a decision is made, so please have your say today.

All submissions must be in writing. We will accept submissions in the following format:

  • Council submission form – online or paper
  • Email to submissions@greydc.govt.nz
  • Written submissions posted to Grey District Council, PO Box 382, Greymouth or hand delivered to 105 Tainui Street, Greymouth

You are welcome to address Council in person on your submission – if you wish to do this, please clearly indicate this in your submission. Council will hear and consider submissions at a meeting after the close-off date.

Every submission made to the Council will be acknowledged in accordance with the Local Government Act 2002, copied and made available to the public.

Submissions close at Monday 21 May 2018.

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