Council won’t answer on Viper Nightclub zoning issue
LAZY council policing, clerical error, or incorrect paperwork appears on face value to be at blame for the Viper Nightclub operating under the wrong zoning since it opened in 2010.
The owners of Viper Nightclub and Fraser Coast Regional Council have refused to reveal the details behind the error.
But a sign at the establishment's front does give some indication.
The sign is a notification for residents of an application lodged with the council to change the use of the property from high-density residential to licensed premises (nightclub).
On Friday, the Chronicle asked the council if the business had been operating without the correct approvals, whether any fines had been issued and how the error was discovered.
But the council refused to answer any of the questions put to it but Mayor Gerard O'Connell said the owners had lodged a development application which was being processed.
"Lodging an application so it can be processed is the best solution to what is a very complex issue," he said.
The council did not respond to a subsequent request for additional information.
The Chronicle also tried to contact the club's owner, Richard Olujic, but he could not be reached.