Strip joint won’t suit area: MP

Strippers at Central Lane, Gladstone.
Strippers at Central Lane, Gladstone. Brenda Strong

GLADSTONE Independent MP Liz Cunningham is leading the charge against a proposed second strip club for Gladstone, claiming its proposed position will bring down the tone of Goondoon St and adversely affect the family-friendly East Shores precinct being built nearby.

"Everybody who goes to eastern shores has to go past Mie Place. There is no other way to get there," she said.

"It could expose young people in our community to what could be rather graphic advertising."

The proposal for a two-floor adult entertainment venue at Mie Place was lodged with the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation in April and the public submissions period closed on June 6.

Mayor Gail Sellers, who had previously spoken against the proposal, was noticeably absent from an objections hearing on Friday, revealing that Gladstone Regional Council had not made a formal submission against the application.

The closed-door objections hearing was organised by the regulatory authority, and aimed to provide both applicant and objectors with the chance to explain their case.

They failed to reach an agreement, said Ms Cunningham, whose views were not swayed by the case made by Mie Place.

Ms Cunningham said strip clubs should be in discreet places, not in the main street. She argued that a town the size of Gladstone did not need two adult entertainment venues.

A spokesman for the regulator said only three objections and a 12-signature petition against the application were received.

Mie Place owner Aodhan McCann said two of the three objectors who attended the hearing were commercial competitors.

"The meeting is just another step in the process for OLGR and I remain confident, but still expect a decision to be months away," he said.

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