Strip club is coming, but fight remains

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

WOMEN'S rights advocate Letitia Shelton has vowed to continue fighting the development of a city-centre strip club despite its approval by the Queensland Liquor and Gaming Commission.

LA Showgirls has been given permission to build the adult entertainment venue within the former Commonwealth Bank building at the corner of Russell and Ruthven Sts.

A compromise with its trading hours has been made, with the original 10am to 5pm operating times rejected during the approval process.

While the new 6pm to 5am hours might seem a win for objectors and neighbouring businesses, Ms Shelton believed the root of the problem still remained.

"It's about the damage it will do to the lives of women, men and families," the City Women chief executive officer said.

"I am yet to see any research where a strip club has added any value to strengthening families."

A major source of opposition to the night club related to its central position and proximity to the Kath Dickson Family Daycare Centre.

"Obviously the location seems ridiculous," Ms Shelton said.

"It would never be allowed across from the road from a school, so I don't see why it's okay to be across from a childcare centre.

"We have had a lot of support from people and it is definitely not wanted in our city.

"But we will continue to fight."

Not everybody is against the development.

A poll of 344 online Chronicle readers found 60 per cent believed thee Commissioner for Liquor and Gaming right to approve a strip club in Toowoomba's CBD.

Owner of Ruthven St business Heritage Flowers Rachelle Barnes was involved in the objection process, but since the approval has become resigned to the fact that the club will soon be her neighbour.

"If it was on the outskirts (of the city) it wouldn't be an issue," she said.

"That sort of thing was always going to happen but it doesn't have to be in the main trading area."

Ms Barnes' shop windows have been victim to multiple counts of vandalism in the recent past - an expensive and unnecessary annoyance she hopes will not escalate with the strip club's opening.

"My main issue is it being open until 5am," she said.

"Bringing more (revellers) to this area may cause more damage."

Strip club plan

 

Run by Cannonvale company LA Showgirls, registered in February last year

 

Taking over former Commonwealth Bank building on Ruthven and Russell Sts

 

New adult entertainment operating hours from 6pm to 5am, seven days a week

 

Approved liquor licence from 10am to 5am, seven days a week

Topics:  adult entertainment, community values, families, la showgirls, strip club, strippers, toowoomba




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