Plans to open a strip club in South Melbourne have been met with criticism among local parents, as the proposed site is located a mere 2 kilometres from a nearby primary school.
Managers of the notorious Showgirls Bar 20, which closed in 2016, have lodged an application to reopen their business in the Club Pandora site, on the corner of Dorcas and Victoria Street, South Melbourne.
The proposal has received more than 15 objections so far, the Herald Sun reported.
Formerly located in Melbourne’s CBD, Showgirls Bar 20 has a notorious reputation
The new site will see the strip club located just 2km from South Melbourne Primary School
Of main concern to local parents is the fact that the strip club will be located just 2 kilometres from the new South Melbourne Primary School and Barring Djinang Kindergarten, on nearby Ferrars Street.
Prior to closing, Showgirls Bar 20 was a longstanding strip club on Melbourne CBD’s infamous King Street.
The application for the new site clearly indicates that managers intend to use it for ‘sexually explicit adult entertainment.’
A nearby trader, who did not want to be named, expressed similar concerns about the prospect of ‘table-top dancing’ being offered so close to her place of business.
‘We have a lot of female contractors and staff here who would walk past [the club] to get to their cars at night,’ she said.
The proposal is clear about its intentions for ‘sexually explicit adult entertainment’
‘There is a female gym and pilates studio nearby; imagine 20 or 30 guys liquored up after a buck’s night leaving [the strip club] about 5 am when women are turning up to the gym.
‘From a health and safety point of view, it’s just not a good look.’
According to the proposal lodged with Port Phillip Council, the site has an existing 24-hour liquor licence.
The application has received more than 15 objections, with locals concerned that the strip club is ‘not a good look’ for the area
The proposal also states a surveillance system would be installed at all entrances and exits, and no patrons would be allowed in after 2.30am.
‘The site currently operates as a nightclub in a fairly unrestricted manner,’ the submission states.
‘Whilst the nature of the precise use is changing, it is considered that many of the locational characteristics that make the site acceptable as a nightclub make it acceptable as a sexually explicit entertainment venue.’