Rodney Times : January 18th 2011
5 RODNEY TIMES, JANUARY 18, 2011 NEWS 3419715AA PUBLIC FORUM Warkworth interchange on the Puhoi to Wellsford Motorway The Warkworth Area Business Association invites all business owners, landlords and representatives from interest groups to have your say on the Warkworth interchange on the Puhoi to Wellsford Motorway at a public forum run by a professional, neutral facilitator. Bridge House Lodge Wednesday 19, January 2011 5.30pm PHONE LESLEY 09 424 2210 For a FREE MEASURE & QUOTE WINDOW DÉCOR LTD RODNEY Mobile "In-your-home" service 20 years in interior design More samples than the average store Special Pensioners discount BLINDS & CURTAINS Purchasing Beautiful UP TO 40% OFF VENETIANS / VERTICALS WOODENS AT FACTORY PRICES FREE CURTAIN MAKING (OVER $30m) couldn't be easier 3393755AA Feedback on liquor law By MICHELLE COOKE There s one month left to have your say on major proposed changes to liquor legislation. The government is calling for submissions on its Alcohol Reform Bill, which had its first reading passed in parlia- ment in November. Suggestions include changes to the legal drinking age, the alcohol content in RTDs and alcohol outlets trading hours. Thousands of people are expected to make written and oral submissions on the bill, which is the first major alcohol-related legislation since the 1989 Sale of Liquor Act. Alcohol Healthwatch health promotion advisor Christine Rogan says the submission process is a once in a generation opportunity . Any citizen that has a con- cern about their community s wellbeing and access to alcohol now is the time to be heard, she says. Ms Rogan encourages people to make a submission on what is proposed but also on what hasn t been proposed. She says the gov- ernment had the opportunity to propose an increase on exise tax on alcohol, lower the blood-alcohol limit for drivers and impose greater restrictions on price and mar- keting. It s important to get the message across that there is more the government should be doing and they didn t go far enough. A select committee will assess the government s proposals and the public s submissions and respond to Parliament with its recom- mendations in May. Parties will then vote on the recommendations and Justice Minister Simon Power says they should be introduced into law by the end of the year. When considered in sum, the changes contained in the bill will fundamentally change the way our drinking is regulated, Mr Power said in a speech addressed to an Alcohol Healthwatch forum. Alcohol-related harm costs the government as much as $1.2 billion a year and alcohol is implicated in 30 percent of all police recorded offences, he said. But I recognise that alcohol s tentacles reach further than that. It impacts on our workplace pro- ductivity, our injury rate, our road toll and our health. Go towww.parliament. govt.nz or www.ahw.org.nz to find out more about the bill or to make a submission. Submissions close Febru- ary 18. Working for the environment Environmental effort: Award winner Sue Toms' work in planting and cleaning up in Rodney, acknowledged in Sydney, will enable more projects to be done here. By DELWYN DICKEY Environmental projects will be getting a helping hand after Warkworth Westpac manager Sue Toms won a $10,000 company environ- mental award. Ms Toms beat 38,000 other employees across Aus- tralasia and the Pacific Islands. She was presented with the award in Sydney. Along with personal rec- ognition for a range of environmental initiatives she has been involved with -- particularly tree planting at Scandrett Regional Park on the Mahurangi East pen- insula -- Ms Toms chooses where the money will be used. Scandrett Regional Park will be a winner. So too will be the Warkworth river- bank walkway project to extend the walkway to the old cement works on the Mahurangi River. The dott- erels under the watchful eye of the Omaha Shorebird Protection Group will get a look in along with the Kiwi Conservation Club -- the children s arm of Forest and Bird -- where Ms Toms first got involved in environ- mental initiatives with her children. While she may not con- sider herself a greenie , Ms Toms says she has a healthy respect for the environment which comes from values instilled in her by her parents. We always had an AA rubbish bag in the car and we were never allowed to throw rubbish out of the window. Tree planting at Scand- retts, initially pohutukawa under Operation Crimson, with branch members, fam- ily and customers and get- ting children involved with beach and river bank clean- ups under the Sir Peter Blake Trust are just some of the things Ms Tom has been involved with in the past eight years. It s about taking res- ponsibility and having pride in our environment, be it in parks, on beaches or around town. See letters P4 GOVERNMENT PROPOSALS These are some of the government s proposals in its Alcohol Reform Bill: A split purchase age of 18 for on-licences and 20 for off-licences. This would mean 18-year-olds would only be allowed to drink in bars and clubs and would not be able to buy alcohol from supermarkets or liquor stores Restricting RTD alcohol content to 5 percent Making it an offence for anyone other than a parent or guardian to provide alcohol to people under 18 without a parent s or guardian s consent Enabling communities to adopt a local alcohol pol- icy that could determine the concentration, location and hours of alcohol outlets in their area Imposing maximum operating hours between 7am and 11pm for off- licences and 8am to 4am for on-licences Improving public edu- cation and treatment services for people with dependency issues.
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