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Families outraged at plan for second strip club in city

Aodhan McCann, manager at MIe Place Nightclub, Gladstone.
Aodhan McCann, manager at MIe Place Nightclub, Gladstone. Luka Kauzlaric

STRIP club objectors are taking a hard stand against a new club for Gladstone.

City families are furious that a second strip club is proposed for Mie Place on Goondoon St.

The owners of Mie Place have applied for an adult-entertainment permit for the ground and first floors of the building on the corner of Goondoon and Lord Sts.

"People want to feel comfortable in their main street," Gladstone resident and mother of two, Peta Peterson, said.

"They don't want a lower end of Goondoon St that's a no-go area they have to avoid."

A petition against the project has been launched online and a public meeting is scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

For supporter Aodhan McCann, building the strip club would mean the realisation of his long-term vision for creating a thriving and fun entertainment venue in Gladstone.

"This was always my aim," said Mr McCann, whose family ran the former Port Curtis Hotel, which is now The Boardroom Bar.

"I was doing a strip club and I made it so girls were comfortable there.

"We had a huge girl base and it became the place to come and party and people are still talking about it."

Also, he said, the Mie Place site was once a strip club and Gladstone has had more than one strip club before.

Do you agree with the idea of having a strip club on Goondoon St?

This poll ended on 28 June 2014.

Yes, it is a good business idea - 40%

Perhaps, but there is not a demand for a second strip club - 7%

No, the main street of Gladstone is not the place for a strip club - 52%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

But the co-director of Gladstone's only current adult-entertainment venue, The Boardroom Bar on Central Lane, said a strip club on the main street could drag down the industry's reputation.

"We don't advertise The Boardroom Bar, and we do this deliberately," said Rick Adams, who is passionate about the need for discretion and class.

"We thought we could have a gentlemen's club in a discrete fashion - to service the need but not throw it in the community's face."

Townsville has a population four times the size of Gladstone and they're the only regional city to have two adult-entertainment permits.

Mr Adams said there was not room for two strip clubs in Gladstone.

"Townsville has a population four times the size of Gladstone and they're the only regional city to have two adult-entertainment permits," he said.

"Does Gladstone really want to be known as the Kings Cross of central Queensland?"

The Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation will make the decision on the club after public submissions close on June 6.

The petition is available here.

PROPOSAL

Two floors of Mie Place Nightclub for adult entertainment

Open:

  • 10am-4am, Friday to Saturday
  • 10am-3am, Sunday to Thursday

Objections:

  • Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation, 49384937

STREET TALK: WHAT PEOPLE THINK ABOUT THE PLAN

  • Bernie Wilson, Harbour Sails Motor Inn: "It doesn't impact on our business at all, with the types of people that would frequent that establishment. The bigger issue with all the hotels around here are the amounts of alchohol consumed. I don't think having a strip club is going to make it much different."
  • Sandra Frost: "I'm not against it but I wouldn't attend."
  • Stig Nielsen: "I think it's a good idea. It can be a nice atmosphere, classy, and work really well."
  • Chris Annett: "I'm not sure. I might check it out."
  • Michelle Jones: "I don't have a problem with it. You're going to get them anywhere and everywhere you go."
  • Phylis Wairama: "It's good for the boys and brings in money."
  • Paul Kuzmanovic, Mid City Motel: "We don't mind. It brings in customers and a bit of entertainment for the town. There's nothing to do for the guys, so that'd be good."

HAVE YOUR SAY. COMMENT BELOW WITH YOUR OPINIONS

Topics:  business gladstone goondoon street strip club



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