Vault strip club opponents bring legislation change
A CAMPAIGN that was started by opposition to Toowoomba's first CBD strip club has ended with local councils getting the power to stop adult entertainment venues.
Toowoomba residents angered by the approval of The Vault on Ruthven strip club in the CBD launched a petition calling for local governments to have more say in the approval of venues like strip clubs and brothels.
That petition, signed by 1248 people, was officially tabled in State Parliament yesterday.
However, its influence had been felt weeks earlier when the State Government's Safe Night Out legislation came into effect.
The legislation gave local councils the power to prevent applications for adult entertainment permits being made in their council area.
Member for Toowoomba North Trevor Watts, who sponsored the petition, said the community-led campaign had gone a long way to influencing the new legislation.
"The lobbying has meant that local voices were heard," he said.
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Mr Watts said he was happy that the State Government had listened to the concerns of Toowoomba residents opposed to the approval of The Vault.
"I'm very happy anytime we can empower the local community to have control over their own destiny."
Mr Watts said it made sense that decisions on adult entertainment venues were left to "democratically elected, local councillors" and not "State Government bureaucrats".