Under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012, each council must have at least one District Licensing Committee to consider alcohol licensing matters in its area. These committees have replaced District Licensing Agencies.
The committee is made up of a chair and two members. The quorum of the committee is one for unopposed applications (which are dealt with by the chair), and three for opposed applications and for applications for temporary authorities.
The Council currently has one District Licensing Committee:
Cr Gavin Macpherson
Mayor Gary Tong
Acts as chairperson if the chairperson is unable to act.
Cr Bret Highsted and Cr Darren Ludlow
Appointed at any time when the chairperson and deputy chairperson are unable to act.
Cr George Harpur
Cr John Douglas
The Southland District Council has a combined list of members with the Gore District Council and Invercargill City Council, as follows:
Cr G Macpherson, Cr George Harpur and Cr John Douglas from Southland District Council
Cr Bret Highsted and Cr Nicky Davis from Gore District Council
Cr Darren Ludlow, Cr Rebecca Amundsden and Cr Toni Biddle from Invercargill City Council
Southland District Licensing Committee Secretary
Bruce Halligan, Group Manager Environment and Community
A District Licensing Committee will be formed by the Chief Executive under delegated authority when a quorum of three is required. The appointment of members will depend on the application that the Committee is required to consider.