Progressive Enterprises and Foodstuffs are among eight parties – including the New Zealand Police – to appeal the DCC’s provisional local alcohol policy.
The appeals mean the council’s policy remains in limbo and changes to curb alcohol-related harm are stalled – more than a year after the initiatives were signed off by councillors.
Mayor Dave Cull criticised the supermarkets’ opposition yesterday, telling the Otago Daily Times they were ‘putting their profit ahead of the wellbeing of the community’.
‘These are large corporates saying ‘we don’t really care what the community thinks, or the harm being done to it’ he said.
But the council had refused to enter mediation instead preferring to ‘defend its decision on the [policy] in full’ council customer and regulatory services group manager Adrian Blair said.
The appeals would be heard by the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority (Arla), possibly as soon as next month – but they could then be taken to the High Court by the supermarkets if they lost it was predicted.
Mr Blair – who would not be interviewed, would also not be drawn on the likely cost of a protracted legal battle.