Seeking longer hours that speedway clubcan operate licence

GISBORNE Speedway Club is seeking a renewal of its club licence that exceeds the hours in the local alcohol plan — and is different from other clubs, the District Licensing Committee was told.

Spokesman Spud Mathers told the committee the club did not stay open for 12 hours, was not open seven days a week, did not have pokies or any gambling, and the clubrooms did not open until racing was completed.

The club only opened during the racing season in the summer.

The club is applying for trading hours between 6pm and 2am on Friday and Saturday, which is outside the hours in the local alcohol policy of 10am to midnight.

Mr Mathers said the clubrooms and bar contributed a good proportion of the club’s income. For a small club like them, every dollar was very valuable.

There would be no major Speedway NZ titles events, which brought in extra income, held here in the next few years.

The application is opposed by police. Alcohol harm reduction officer Sergeant Isaac Ngatai said the police wanted to have consistency in club licences. It was not appropriate to have one club operating in hours that were outside this policy.

Committee chairwoman Pat Seymour said Sergeant Ngatai had heard the evidence from the club officers and comments from the inspecting officer. She asked if that gave him confidence that the club was managing its reduction of alcohol harm consistently.

Sergeant Ngatai said the speedway club did operate at different times from, say, a football club.

There had been no incidents that had come to their attention of Police.

They would not oppose an application that was within the local alcohol policy hours.

GISBORNE Speedway Club is seeking a renewal of its club licence that exceeds the hours in the local alcohol plan — and is different from other clubs, the District Licensing Committee was told.

Spokesman Spud Mathers told the committee the club did not stay open for 12 hours, was not open seven days a week, did not have pokies or any gambling, and the clubrooms did not open until racing was completed.

The club only opened during the racing season in the summer.

The club is applying for trading hours between 6pm and 2am on Friday and Saturday, which is outside the hours in the local alcohol policy of 10am to midnight.

Mr Mathers said the clubrooms and bar contributed a good proportion of the club’s income. For a small club like them, every dollar was very valuable.

There would be no major Speedway NZ titles events, which brought in extra income, held here in the next few years.

The application is opposed by police. Alcohol harm reduction officer Sergeant Isaac Ngatai said the police wanted to have consistency in club licences. It was not appropriate to have one club operating in hours that were outside this policy.

Committee chairwoman Pat Seymour said Sergeant Ngatai had heard the evidence from the club officers and comments from the inspecting officer. She asked if that gave him confidence that the club was managing its reduction of alcohol harm consistently.

Sergeant Ngatai said the speedway club did operate at different times from, say, a football club.

There had been no incidents that had come to their attention of Police.

They would not oppose an application that was within the local alcohol policy hours.

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