Richard and Jacinta Olujic, owners of the new Viper Nite Club at Torquay, say ruffians won’t be welcome.
Richard and Jacinta Olujic, owners of the new Viper Nite Club at Torquay, say ruffians won’t be welcome. Alistair Brightman

Viper Nite Club set to open

A NEW Gold Coast-inspired nightspot in the Bay will include a state-of-the-art security system to keep trouble-makers away.

The Viper Nite Club, on the Esplanade at Torquay, looks set to open in the coming weeks and its owners have issued a stern warning that thugs are not welcome.

Richard and Jacinta Olujic have invested in a $10,000 ID scanner and 12 CCTV cameras and will be encouraging their staff to issue life bans to patrons for aggression and antisocial behaviour.

“The focus is to create a safe environment for young people to come to,” Mr Olujic said.

“I reckon there’s a massive crowd out there who don’t go out because it’s too rough and we’re hoping to change that.”

The ID scanner, believed to be a new initiative for Fraser Coast nightclubs, will record people’s licence details and take their photo on arrival.

If they cause trouble, those details can then be forwarded to police.

Accordingly, Mr Olujic says he believes his security staff need to be “friendly but firm”.

“I believe the security staff need to be able to talk to people, not just be thugs.

“They have to be able to carry out a conversation with the patrons.”

The Olujics, who also own Urangan’s Viva Italia restaurant, are hoping to bring a slice of the Glitter Strip to the Bay.

The opening of Viper will follow months of research and preparation by the couple, who travelled to the Gold Coast, Brisbane and even Maryborough to check out other club scenes.

They are basing the business on two popular Gold Coast venues but won’t go into details, preferring instead to keep an air of mystery about the place before its grand opening, expected to be later this month.

Mr Olujic said the Bay was crying out for a classy new venue and decided that the unused premises of the old Morocco’s Nightclub would be the perfect spot to create his vision.

Senior Sergeant Dan Willett, officer-in-charge of Hervey Bay Police, said police planned to monitor the club from Wednesday to Saturday nights once it opened.

“We will be ensuring that the operation of this club will be conducted appropriately through our liquor liaison and patrols during the opening hours,” he said.



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