EXTRA party-goers will be able to fill Warrnambool’s Gallery nightclub after the city council gave its proprietors the green light for proposed renovations.
Councillors approved an application by the nightclub owners to extend the building to include an additional bar and courtyard, increasing its capacity by 70 people.
The concept was approved on the condition alcohol could only be consumed in the new courtyard up to 1.30am, instead of the nightclub’s 3am closing time.
The new bar area would only be available to smokers and other non-drinkers between 1.30am and 3am.
Some neighbours in nearby streets voiced their objection to the proposal with a number of submissions pointing out the anti-social behaviour of late-night revellers.
Cr Rob Askew said while an expansion of any nightclub posed challenges, he believed the planners of the Gallery had presented a viable blueprint.
“When you get commercial buildings adjoining residential areas, there are always going to be some issues,” Cr Askew said.
“The planners, I believe, have taken a reasonable path and it’s good to see the noise situation has been addressed.”
Cr Peter Hulin said he sympathised with nearby residents who claimed they were unable to sleep through the din caused by the nightclub.
He said while he was not against businesses wanting to expand, the side effects of late-night venues were troubling.
“It’s OK if houses nearby have triple glazing but even then, those poor people have to put up with the rowdy and sometime violent behaviour that goes on.”
Cr Kylie Gaston said the nightclub’s expansion plans opened up entertainment options in the city.
“I think it’s good for the city to have at least one nightclub and for licensed venues to be able to expand,” Cr Gaston said.
“There needs to be options for people who don’t go to bed as early as Cr Hulin to be able to go out at night.”