Residents call for nightclub liquor licence to be suspended

TORQUAY residents complaining about the impact of a local nightclub have called for the club's liquor licence to be suspended while a council zoning change for the site is pending.

The Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing is investigating concerns raised by residents near the Viper Nite Club on the Esplanade about the local impact of the club, including noise from the premises.

But an OLGR representative said any concerns about the venue's compliance with town planning requirements were a matter for the Fraser Coast Regional Council.

An application for the licensed premises (nightclub) zoning is still pending Fraser Coast Regional Council approval.

A sign at the venue says an application has been lodged with the council to change the use of the property from high-density residential.

The OLGR representative said the club's liquor licence authorised the licensee to sell liquor as a subsidiary aspect to their principal activity of the provision of entertainment.

OLGR records indicated the premises had been operating under this type of licence since 1997.

The council's response did not answer the Chronicle's questions about zoning or licensing, simply repeating Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell's comments that the owners have lodged a development application.

Owners of the Viper Nite Club were unavailable for comment.



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