Viper Nite Club at Torquay on notice to clean up its act

THE liquor watchdog has confirmed it is investigating suspected licensing breaches at Viper Nite Club.

It comes after escalating police callouts to the Esplanade club precinct peaked with two of the most violent assaults in recent times.

Licensee Richard Olujic acknowledges the club has experienced a bad run but maintains it's the "1%" who are ruining the fun for everyone else.

The Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation confirmed it was "currently investigating a number of alleged incidents associated with Viper".

It said the purpose of the investigation was "to assess whether the licensee was meeting its obligations under the Liquor Act" and the probe would involve further communication with police.

The Chronicle understands that since the beginning of August, police have logged almost 20 Viper-related offences.

Seven were liquor related, seven were recorded as "public nuisance" and a further four were assaults - two of which were considered "serious".

The most recent was a king hit at the club last weekend which left a man with fractures to his skull, cheek and eye socket.

Two weeks earlier, a woman raped at Torquay beach was claimed to have left the club intoxicated.

Mr Olujic said in both cases there "was absolutely nothing" club staff could have done, as the young man in the fight "was not drunk" and there had been no "lead up" to the fight and the sexual assault victim showed "no signs of requiring assistance" when she left.

One issue under investigation is the responsible service of alcohol, which remains a sore point with nearby businesses which last year objected to council.

The Torquay Post Office continues to report vomit and urine in the laneway of a weekend and Bayshore Apartments manager Ray Young fears that if the club "doesn't clean up it's act, it will kill tourism".

Mr Olujic said he believed he was being targeted ahead of council's 12-month review but was confident he would not be breached.

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