Viper owner defends club as council gives permanent approval
VIPER Nite Club owner Richard Olujic is defending his business as submissions made by Queensland Police about the dumping of "bottles and human excrement" outside the premises went before the council.
Viper was granted a 12 month probationary permit in October last year and on Wednesday at the Fraser Coast Regional Council's meeting in Maryborough, Viper was granted permanent approval to operate.
The application made by Viper also sought to extend the opening hours however that was declined by councillors - meaning the club will continue to operate four nights a week.
Officer in charge of the Hervey Bay Police Station Senior Sergeant Dan Willett told the Chronicle the police were responding to incidents at Viper on a weekly basis.
But Mr Olujic told the Chronicle the club had taken extra measures since October to ensure patron safety.
"We have added extra signage and cameras as requested by police," he said.
Mr Ouljic said there hadn't been a fight at the club in "over six weeks".
Snr Sgt Willett said the police would work with the liquor licensing to ensure personal safety.
Almost 50 written submissions against the club were presented to the council.
Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said the council took resident's views into account and said it had been a "very thorough process".