28 Dec 2009

Omarama gets holiday liquor ban

3:41 pm on 28 December 2009

Residents of tiny Omarama in Otago have successfully pushed for a liquor ban covering the entire township from Boxing Day until 3 January.

Waitaki community safety officer Alison Banks says the normal population grows from roughly 3,000 to about 10,000 over the holiday period, peaking with the annual rodeo on 28 December.

She says in the past, the aftermath of the rodeo has been marked by drunkeness, broken bottles and other rubbish in the streets.

Ms Banks says the residents decided they'd had enough, and pushed for the Waitaki District Council to do something.