Police say strip club liquor licence ‘a risk’

ALBURY police have asked that several conditions be placed on a liquor licensing application for a strip club in Drome Street.

Albury Wodonga Men’s Club Pty Ltd applied for an alcohol licence in May after receiving council planning approval for the venue in 2009.

The strip club would be based at the brothel, which trades as Centrefolds of Albury.

Albury police licensing officer Sgt Steve McCaig said police made submissions for every liquor licence application.

However, he said police viewed the strip club licence as risky.

“We requested a number of conditions in relation to the granting of the licence that we wanted complied with,” Sgt McCaig said.

“The Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority will ultimately make the decision.

“They may choose to add further conditions or still deny the licence.”

He said police had requested standard trading hours for the venue and conditions on security and transport.

“We rate every liquor licence application on its merits but also its risk,” he said.

“We do think there are some risks in that liquor licence.

“It’s now in the hands of the regulator.”

According to an Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority spokesman, it must determine if the licence would be detrimental to the community.

“The application will be assessed and then considered by the full board of the authority which considers a range of factors when determining an application and, in particular, any likely impact on the community,” the spokesman said.

“Ultimately, the authority cannot grant a liquor licence unless satisfied that the granting would not be detrimental to the well-being of the local or broader community.”

Graham Harvey owns the brothel, but told The Border Mail last month he was not involved in the strip club.

He said a third party would run the venue.

Documents show 20-year-old Jack Harvey is the only shareholder in Albury Wodonga Men’s Club Pty Ltd.

Graham Harvey did not respond to a request for comment yesterday.

The development must start by July 27 or council planning approval for the premises will lapse.