Lord Mayor calls for QBH's closure
Mon 23rd Mar, 2009 Newsin
Melbourne’s Lord Mayor Robert Doyle has called for troubled nightclub QBH/Queensbridge Hotel to close its doors permanently following another violent incident. The Age report that 23 people – including both patrons and security guards – were injured on Saturday night after a large brawl erupted outside the embattled inner-city venue.
The latest controversy comes in the wake of several shocking incidents at QBH over the past few years, including two deaths as a result of violent attacks at the venue. “If we have tried everything else and we are still getting these outbreaks of violence and unacceptable behaviour in our city then my view is, we shut the venue down,” the Lord Mayor told ABC Radio.
Police had met with management of the venue to discuss violence several times in the past, however the latest occurrence may prove to be the final straw. “I think we need to work with that venue operator to say to them look, we’ve now had deaths there, we’ve now had another incident of violence, is it the number of patrons?” said Councilor Doyle.
“Is it the way they are alcohol-affected? Is it that the security is not being proactive enough inside the venue? Here we’ve got something, where we can look at an incident and say ‘is this the problem with the venue itself?’.”