LOCAL business owners and residents are being encouraged to make submissions to Alpine Shire Council regarding the possible restriction of the consumption of alcohol during the Bright Iconic Hot Rod weekend in November.
During the February ordinary council meeting councillors voted unanimously to restrict alcohol consumption to the hours of 7am – 4pm after council was formally approached by Victoria Police to amend Local Law Number 2 – Municipal places as a result of poor public behaviour and alcohol fuelled violence during the 2014 event.
Council has until September to make their final decision and with the submission period set to close on August 7, local business owner and Bright Iconic Rod Run committee member David Pratt and Bright Chamber of Commerce (BCC) president Tom Smith have encouraged people to put forward their “sensible argument to council” before the closing date.
“I have looked into the issues that were raised at council and caused council to get involved and I feel that reducing the hours to 7am – 4pm may be an overreaction and have an adverse effect on the event,” he said.
“I believe council need to at least look at adjusting the hours of the restriction, as currently it is almost suggesting people start drinking at 7am, which nobody wants.
“A more appropriate time frame could be 12 noon to 8.30pm, that way it allows people to sit back, enjoy a drink and watch the pin-up competition, and enjoy the live music that will be in town and then at 8.30pm when the ban comes into effect, people can either move on to licensed premises or go home.”