From the Council meeting
New temporary alcohol ban following successful trial
Council has today approved a further 12-month alcohol ban for areas including clubs and organisations in areas around the city recycling centre.
The 12-month ban approved today will take effect from 27 February 2022 (when the existing ban expires) and will cover an area that includes the Shambles Theatre, Marist St Michaels, the Rotorua Community Youth Centre, and the city recycling centre.
A year-long ban for this part of the city was implemented a year ago in response to problems being experienced by organisations and clubs in the area, which is not covered by the existing permanent ban that applies to the CBD.
Such bans provide a tool for police that enables them to deal with issues that arise and the organisations and clubs have reported a significant and positive difference since the ban was put into place in February.
A permanent ban for these areas is being considered but takes more time to implement, requiring a consultation process so a temporary ban is being applied in the meantime.
Council is not able to simply roll over a temporary ban so a new ban had to be approved.
The ban aligns with Council’s focus on improving community safety with plans including the extension of safety patrols and extending the city’s CCTV network.
View the report on this matter on p15 of the meeting agenda
Destination Management Plan endorsed
The Council today endorsed the Rotorua Destination Management Plan developed by Council-controlled organisation Rotorua Economic Development in collaboration with community stakeholders.
The plan sets out a strategy and actions for sustainable tourism growth with aim of ensuring Rotorua is a functioning, thriving visitor destination with benefits for the whole community.
More about the Destination Management Plan is HERE on Council’s website.
Also on the agenda
Meetings schedule: Council also adopted the schedule for meetings for the period from 1 January 2022 to the end of August. There will be no meetings during the September/October election period.
Speed Limit Bylaw amendments: Council approved amendment to the bylaw to enable RLC to provide information about local speed limits to Waka Kotahi for its national speed limit register.
Today’s Council meeting was livestreamed and you can access the meeting recording HERE on Council’s YouTube channel.
View the meeting agenda HERE