Posted by Geoff Annan
Readers may be aware of the memorandum submitted by KLM Enterprises Ltd on 4 October 2018 in response to the 108 submissions opposing the application by that company for a tavern on license at its associated company’s premises in Omokoroa Road.
As a consequence of that memorandum, barrister Dr Grant Hewison on behalf of an objector filed the attached submissions dated 7 January 2019 with the District Licensing Committee. The DLC’s Minute dated 11 January 2019 recording its decision in response to Grant Hewison’s submissions is also attached. That decision does not mean that Grant’s submissions are in any way wrong. Rather than taking the DLC’s decision to an appeal before the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority, we have decided to proceed to a full hearing before the District Licensing Committee Tuesday and Wednesday next week (29 and 30 January), at WBOPDC’s Barkes Corner offices.
Grant has been giving his time and advice free of charge to those of us who are opposed to the hearing and who will be attending the hearing next week. A group of us objectors, under the name Omokoroa Tavern Objectors, have set up a Give a Little page for the express purpose of recompensing Grant for his considerable input and time to date and with the hearing to come. Grant is helping us with our statements and evidence and he will attend the hearing as counsel.
The Give a Little account details are 15 – 3973 – 0098650 – 00 in the name Omokoroa Tavern Objectors. All donations into that account will be gratefully accepted to go towards Grant’s costs, bearing in mind that for those members of our Omokoroa community opposed to the on license application there is huge benefit to us in having Grant Hewison, with his considerable expertise, involved.
As a matter of public record, readers may also be interested in the attached reports from the Medical Health Officer, Police, and the Western Bay of Plenty District Council’s Alcohol Licensing Inspector.