Proposed Liquor Restriction Extensions in North Dunedin HIA

The Dunedin City Council (DCC) was asked by the Dunedin Police to consider extending the existing liquor restrictions to cover North Dunedin.

The Dunedin City Council (DCC) was asked by the Dunedin Police to consider extending the existing liquor restrictions to cover North Dunedin. This was because of Police and community concerns about alcohol and drinking in public places which has resulted in disorder, litter and an increase in recorded offences in North Dunedin. The DCC therefore proposed extending the bylaw to the North Dunedin area, and also identified a range of additional activities that could form part of a comprehensive strategy to address issues relating to alcohol in the wider city and more specifically North Dunedin.

A Health Impact Assessment (HIA) was undertaken on the proposed liquor restrictions in North Dunedin by Public Health South (an entity of the Otago District Health Board). This report formally documents the rationale behind completing an HIA on the proposed bylaw, the process involved and the conclusions reached.

This process generated a range of recommendations which are detailed in the content of the report. Many of these recommendations were aimed at addressing alcohol-related issues in North Dunedin and are included in the report. However, because the primary purpose of an HIA is to identify the potential impacts a particular policy may have it is important to separate these recommendations out for consideration.

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