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No pokies for the Burleigh Pavilion anytime soon

Wed, Jan 23, 12:45pm by Staff Writer

The owner of popular Gold Coast nightspot Burleigh Pavilion says he is not being “sneaky” in his bid to turn the venue into a hotel while speculation has been rife that the bar plans to bring in poker machines, extend trading hours to 2am and include live music, according to the Gold Coast Bulletin.

The Burleigh Pavilion is advertising a material change of use to become more than a restaurant.

The venue opened last month after an $11 million revamp.

The venue is being investing for allegedly breaching the Liquor Act following a party on New Years Eve.

Police also received three noise complaints on the same night regarding the venue.

The bar is becoming known as ‘The Pav’ and has been involved in an ongoing debate about discarded cigarette butts in Burleigh parks.

Sydney hotelier and owner of The Pav, Ben May, told the Bulletin that he wanted to town the venue into a fully-fledged pub.

“It’s not duplicitous. I’m not trying to sneak in pokies. I’m not trying to license the whole thing, nothing changes,” he said.

“Basically it’s an insurance policy to trade the way I’ve been trading. They’re certainly happy with the way I’ve been trading, it was just a way to avoid that ambiguity,” Mr May told the Bulletin.

Mr May reiterated that he was not seeking to change the trading hours of the venue and said his rejuvenation of the pub had created jobs for 150 people.

“I think we’re doing really good things and providing a product a lot of people were wanting. I think council is happy that I delivered what I promised, a beautifully finished building. It think it’s a really positive asset for Queensland,” Mr May said.

Second casino never far from the news

The Pav has temporarily stolen the spotlight from the debate surrounding a second Gold Coast casino.

A petition has been commenced by the Gold Coast’s many pubs and clubs – www.stop2ndcasino – opposing the planned casino.

The petition was started by a member of Clubs Queensland and has garnered more than 2,000 signatures thus far.

Clubs Queensland chief executive officer Doug Flockhart has previously expressed features a second casino in competition with the Star Gold Coast would decimate trade for pubs, RSLs and surf club operators.

Mr Flockhart told the Gold Coast Bulletin last November that recent research has shown that a second casino on the Coast would have a direct impact on at least 30 local clubs and an indirect impact on hundreds around the state.

Potential club closures would impact 1.6 million members and 10,000 jobs across 330 community clubs in southeast Queensland.

There remains conjecture about the location of the second Gold Coast casino, with the Gold Coast City Council’s Planning Committee removing itself from decision-making aspects of the project last November.

Analysts from Macquarie have disputed the necessity of a second Gold Coast casino despite the projected boost in tourism.

David Gabris and Andy Chuk said the Gold Coast was “not the most attractive market” for a new integrated resort and casino relative to other regions in Australia.

Their analysis centres around the existing casino on the Gold Coast, The Star Gold Coast that has a 45 per cent market share.

Approximately 83 per cent of people opposed a casino on public land at the Carey Park car park at Southport between Australia Fair and the Broadwater Parklands according to the Gold Coast Bulletin.

Southport-based councillor Dawn Crichlow said she intended to ask councillors to back the existing policy of not allowing a tourism hub on Crown land.

Council voted last October to write to the Government to indicate its support for a casino on privately owned land, but not the public-owned Southport site.

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