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Licencing's dead hand stalls venue's rebirth

Tuesday, 19 February 2013
Author: Liam Mannix, Indaily

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THE rebirth of live music venue The Jade Monkey has hit a liquor licensing roadblock.

The venue's owners were hoping to open their doors before January at their new site in the old St Pauls church on Pulteney St.

Despite applying for a liquor licence in early December the venue's doors still remain stubbornly shut.

The news of the venue's licensing issues comes almost exactly one year after Premier Jay Weatherill stepped in personally to help the Jade Monkey, after it was announced that its old building in Twin Street would be demolished as part of a hotel redevelopment.

The new venue option, St Pauls, was formerly occupied by Heaven nightclub, which was banned by the licensing court from running entertainment after 1am after resident complaints about excessive noise.

Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure executive director of planning John Hanlon told Indaily he was working with the Jade Monkey to convince the liquor licensing authority to approve their application.

"That was the old Heaven nightclub," Hanlon said. "It had some very strict licensing conditions in relation to [Heaven]. Those licensing conditions still apply to the building itself, because the owner of the building is the same person.

"A live music venue that is completely different to Heaven needs different licensing conditions. And so we're now working through those licensing arrangements to allow for that to happen."

Hanlon said the Jade's offering of live local music was totally different to Heaven's club music.

"I understand those residents on the edge of that being concerned that that base music going until 4am in the morning. The Jade won't be providing that same kind of music venue.

"The business case for that venue is obviously a completely different business case to what Heaven was. It will have different timeframes in which it operates."

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