Why Have A Local Alcohol Policy? We're doing this because New Zealand has new alcohol law that changes the way alcohol licensing decisions are made, and our communities can now have a greater say on where and when alcohol is available in the Coromandel. The overall purpose of the new law is to better ensure that alcohol is sold, supplied, and consumed safely and responsibly, to minimise alcohol-related harm. To help us develop our draft LAP we have various stages where we are seeking input from the community and key organisations and industry. This feedback ensures we develop a LAP that meets the needs of our communities, encourages responsibility in the local alcohol industry, and reflects the Coromandel's characteristics as a popular holiday and event destination. Developing Our Local Alcohol Policy Where are we in the process? We've gathered information to better understand the situation we have in the Coromandel already and alcohol related issues, including talking with Police, Inspectors, and Medical Officers of Health. We've undertaken a survey to hear your views on alcohol availability in our communities. We've held industry forums around the Peninsula to talk to those involved in the local alcohol industry about the new law and how it could impact business. Findings of this work are reported in the LAP Research document. All the information gained has helped us develop a draft Local Alcohol Policy for our District, which sets out proposed alcohol licensing criteria for each of the different alcohol licence types, being: on-licences (e.g. taverns/pubs, restaurants) off-licences (e.g. supermarkets, groceries, bottle stores) club licences (e.g. local sports/recreation clubs) special licences (e.g. for events). You can read the full Statement of Proposal (which includes the draft Policy), or the Summary. We'd really like your feedback on what is proposed - so please make a submission! Submissions must be received by 4pm on Thursday, 14 November 2013. To make a submission you can: Enter it online. Print the form (see right hand box) and Email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax it to: (07) 868 0234 Post it to: Thames-Coromandel District Council, Private Bag, Thames Deliver it to one of our Council Offices (Thames, Coromandel, Whitianga, Whangamata).