INSTEAD of being limited to just three dry zone exemptions a year, the Port Lincoln City Council will apply to Consumer and Business Services for an unlimited number of exemptions per year.
The council’s community development manager Janet Grocke said at a council meeting on Monday night that increasing the exemptions to 25 per year would encourage and take advantage of the growing number of events on the foreshore.
However councillor Danny Bartlett said he did not think the council should be limited to 25 exemptions a year and should encourage more events to use the foreshore.
Ms Grocke said the foreshore’s conditional dry area would stay in place throughout the year but provided flexibility to hold special, well-managed events on the foreshore.
She said each year the council’s exemptions were used by Tunarama and the RSL to enable the consumption of alcohol during its Anzac Day ‘gun fire’ breakfast.
“There are an increasing number of larger events occurring in Port Lincoln with the Tunarama Festival, SALT Festival, EP Auto Sprint … as well as the increasing visitation by cruise ships, where the ability to showcase local produce and serve locally produced alcohol (wine and beer) would add to the experience,” Ms Grocke said.
Councillor Diana Mislov also supported the suggestion to move to unlimited exemptions to better utilise the foreshore.
“I am concerned about safety but I don’t think we should limit ourselves to 25 events, I think it would be wonderful to have more events on the foreshore,” she said.