Toowoomba strip club in trouble for spruiking

TOOWOOMBA'S strip club has been issued with a warning from the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation for spruiking.

The Vault on Ruthven is among strip clubs in the state that were accused of breaking adult entertainment laws last year.

The strip club's spokesman, Thor Valmuur, said the club's exotic dancers did not spruik for customers.

He also said the dancers were not allowed to spruik on the street.

Mr Valmuur declined to make any further comment.

The head of a volunteer women's issues organisation said she wasn't surprised by news of the warning.

"Research shows that this type of thing has happened in other cities where there are strip clubs," City Women co-ordinator Letitia Shelton said.

"Strip clubs never attract quality."

She said she was worried about children and elderly residents seeing strippers spruiking outside the club.

"That was our concern years ago, that it would spill out into the street.

"But The Vault assured us it would be secured. But where there's alcohol involved silly things can happen."

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Brisbane media reported the club's strippers shouted to passing traffic about free drinks and naked women at the Vault on Ruthven in a one-off incident in April last year.

The incident prompted complaints from a nearby business and the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation issued the club with a warning for spruiking.

"One girl also jumped on the bench and wiggled her bum to the traffic," one report stated.

A spokeswoman for the regulator said it issued a warning letter to The Vault on Ruthven on May 27 last year.

"This warning was issued in response to a complaint received on April 15 in relation to unlawful advertising of free drinks and spruiking at The Vault on Ruthven.

"The licensee and management were reminded of their obligations under the Liquor Act 1992 and were asked to ensure all managerial staff under their control were reminded of their obligations concerning the matter at hand."

She said the regulator had not received any further complaints in relation to allegations of unlawful advertising or spruiking at the strip club since the warning was issued.

The spokeswoman said the regulator employed an escalated model of enforcement where the conduct and compliance history of a venue could have a significant bearing on any action taken against it.

"Where a venue continues to breach its obligations regarding advertising or spruiking, serious consideration will be given to punitive enforcement action.

"This could include issuing an infringement notice or taking prosecution action," she said.



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