Neighbours protest strip club plan

The Southland Times 15/11/2010
Hundreds of people have signed a petition protesting against a nightclub with pole-dancing strippers being opened in central Invercargill, but their objections could be in vain. Invercargill businesswoman Natasha McEwing last month applied to the Invercargill City Council for a liquor licence to operate a nightclub entertainment venue in Tay St, featuring male and female strippers, at the former Sopranos pizza parlour. Invercargill City Council liquor licensing inspector Dawn McDonald said 11 public submissions had been lodged, all against, including one 287-signature petition. However, the district licensing agency could not decline the application on moral grounds, she said. “We can’t decline it because they want strippers there, we can only decline it if it fails to meet the requirements of the Sale of Liquor Act.”
..Three neighbouring businesses of the proposed nightclub spoken to, including petition organiser Mike Diack, said they believed it was inappropriate for a strip bar to open on a central city street whose neighbouring businesses were family oriented.