Mayor adds voice against as strip club debate heats up
DEBATE over the strip club proposed for Goondoon St venue Mie Place has exploded, with the Gladstone Mayor and residents speaking out against the proposal.
The Observer revealed plans for the new club on Thursday.
Opponents are concerned that families (petition against the proposal is here) will be deterred from the new East Shores precinct by sexually suggestive advertising and by operating hours of 10am to 4am.
"I don't think we need to trash the main street," said a Curtis Island worker who didn't want to be named.
"I've been in that situation - pornography and strippers and all that. It's a bottomless pit," he said.
"You can't satisfy that need in your life. It's a pointless activity to try."
He said people who regularly visited strip clubs should have a reality check.
"I don't think we need more sad people going to strip clubs rather than going home and talking to their wife and building a relationship with their family," he said.
Goondoon St resident Paul Simmonds agrees the strip club would be out of place.
"For the future of Gladstone and the future of this town, it's not a good thing," he said.
Mr Simmonds was one of a handful of people who attended the first of two public information sessions held on Thursday by concerned residents.
As far as I am aware, outside of the larger areas - Brisbane, Gold Coast and Townsville - no city has more than one.
As public debate over the issue flared, Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers joined the fight.
"Gladstone is a small city and there is no data available to suggest we need another adult entertainment permit," Cr Sellers said.
"As far as I am aware, outside of the larger areas - Brisbane, Gold Coast and Townsville - no city has more than one."
Liz Edwards, a mother of one, said teenagers might be tempted to go to a new strip club.
"It's just not the image you want to portray in Gladstone," she said. "It's a small town."
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
Perhaps, but there is not a demand for a second strip club
No, the main street of Gladstone is not the place for a strip club
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
Mie Place owner Aodhan McCann said he could not understand the concerns, when the entertainment would be behind closed doors.
"No-one is going to be able to see anything," he said.
Mc McCann said concerns about sexually explicit advertising were unwarranted.
"The laws are extremely strict on advertising for adult entertainment," he said.
"Legally I can't have signage on the building either."
He said that even though his permit, if granted, would allow adult entertainment from 10am, this would only be used for conferences.
"Adult entertainment will occur from 8pm only," he said. "Topless waitresses from 4pm, but they won't be visible from the street."
Pick up a copy of Saturday's paper for a look inside Gladstone's strip club.