Strip club given the green light

The former Commonwealth Bank building on the corner of Russell and Ruthven Sts is to become an adult entertainment venue.
The former Commonwealth Bank building on the corner of Russell and Ruthven Sts is to become an adult entertainment venue. Kevin Farmer

LA SHOWGIRLS' application to open a strip club in the heart of Toowoomba's CBD has been approved.

The adult entertainment company plans to spend $1million transforming the old Commonwealth Bank building into a strip club at the intersection of Ruthven and Russell Sts.

The application was lodged in August and attracted a large number of objections from community members.

Lifeline Darling Downs CEO Derek Tuffield was an objector and yesterday said he was not surprised the strip club had been given the green light.

"Certainly through the consultation process they were constantly ticking all the boxes from a legislation point of view," Mr Tuffield said.

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Was the Commissioner for Liquor and Gaming right to approve a strip club in Toowoomba’s CBD?

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The company modified their adult entertainment permit trading hours after listening to residents' concerns at an objectors' meeting in October.

The company originally proposed an adult entertainment permit, which is required for sexually explicit entertainment and nudity, to operate from 10am to 5am, seven days a week.

However, the adult entertainment hours were changed and approved to operate from 6pm to 5am, seven days a week.

"Obviously the adult entertainment hours change is a win for us," Mr Tuffield said.

"They have moved it from a 10am to a 6pm start so most businesses (in the area) would be finished trading for the day and wouldn't be affected.

"But for their liquor licence to be from 10am to 5am, seven days a week - that's mind boggling."

The club's original proposal was to have two bars, live music and bands as well as showgirls.

A delegate of the Commissioner for Liquor and Gaming approved the adult entertainment permit while the former Queensland Liquor and Gaming Commission approved the liquor licence with extended trading hours.

All valid objectors who are aggrieved by the verdict can apply to have the decision reviewed by the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

LA Showgirls did not wish to comment yesterday other than to say they were happy their applications were successful and they would do everything they could to conduct their business with as little negative impact as possible.

Was the Commissioner for Liquor and Gaming right to approve a strip club in Toowoomba's CBD?

Vote online at www.thechronicle.com.au

Topics:  approval, cbd, strip club, toowoomba




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