Media Release 3 Nov 2011
Family First NZ is calling on Canterbury University to show social responsibility and cancel their plans to put a booze bar on the boundary of Ilam Primary School.
“It is completely unacceptable to put primary school children in potential view and earshot of the activities of a student bar and to be at risk of drunken students and associated litter,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ. “Parents are right to be concerned about what their children could be exposed to and the possible behaviour.”
“There is already considerable concern about drunken behavior and associated anti-social behavior in this area of Christchurch. This proposal adds to their legitimate concerns.”
“Communities around NZ have all expressed concerns about liquor shops being opened in close location to schools. For the sake of our children and their protection, there should be a buffer of at least 100-200 yards from schools for any alcohol related venues. Similar concerns have been expressed around the location of the sex industry and residential brothels,” says Mr McCoskrie.
“Schools are sensitive sites, and Canterbury University needs to listen to its community and respect the views of parents,” says Mr McCoskrie. “They need to go back to the drawing board.”