The City Council is trying to introduce legislation to stop partying from getting out of hand amid fears that Surfers Paradise will become overrun with revelers all year round.
The Gold Coast is packed with nightclubs, bars and entertainment venues lining the streets of Australia’s ‘Sin City’, but there are fears that ‘party houses’ will spread into the suburbs too.
Even outside of schoolies time, the famous ‘Glitter Strip’ is packed with adults wanting to let loose, much to the annoyance of some of the permanent residents and lawmakers.
Surfers Paradise is the number one locations for high school finishers to party during schoolies
The updates to the Gold Coast City Plan will move ‘adult party houses’ away from the suburbs
Major updates to the Gold Coast City Plan have been announced, which will create a zone in the middle of Surfer’s Paradise so that visitors can revel in rented ‘party houses’ inside a dedicated area.
Changes include restricting ‘party houses’ to a dedicated zone from Hamilton Avenue to View Avenue and stopping at the Nerang River.
But there has been resistance to the proposition, with Queensland state MP John-Paul Langbroek telling news.com.au that he was dedicated to fighting the changes.
‘Schoolies is already two weeks of hell so as a local member there’s no way I can say I’m just going to let this go and let it be OK,’ Mr Langbroek said
‘Schoolies is already two weeks of hell,’ Queensland state MP John-Paul Langbroek told media
Mr Langbroek said the laws will give the party groups more freedom to do ‘whatever they want’
He said that all the plan does is widen the current ‘schoolies zone’, which currently houses 3000 residents.
‘This sort of planning will ensure you’re going to have a kind of schoolies 24-hours a day, 365-days a year,’ Mr Langbroek added.
These changes will build on the plan proposed two years ago, which call for ‘party house’ operators to design a crowd management plan, hire a bouncer, keep a guest log and operate a 24-hour complaint hotline.
City Council says that restricting the partying to a 7 block zone will keep it out of the suburbs
‘It’s not the Wild West, you can’t ignore the laws purely because you’re here,’ said Langbroek
The council insists that the new ‘party house land use controls’ will protect families living in suburbs from having to deal with wild parties, as all the revelling will happen in a dedicated seven-block area.
But Mr Langbroek said the laws will give the party groups more freedom, and allow them to do whatever they want if they are in the ‘party house zone’.
‘It’s not the Wild West, you can’t ignore the laws purely because you’re here celebrating someone’s engagement or wedding,’ he said.
Mr Langbroek said changes will give the party groups more reason to disregard the QLD laws
The ‘party houses’ will contain the partying to a seven-block zone away from family-filled areas
Gold Coast City Council planning committee chairman Cameron Caldwell told the Gold Coast Bulletin that the new zone will stop the parties heading to the suburbs.
‘These provisions are aimed at saving our suburbs from the scourge of party houses,’ he told the publication.
‘Over the last two years we have seen a dramatic reduction in disruption in our suburbs from party houses. We don’t want to see these in Broadbeach Waters, Mermaid Waters, Tallai, Isle of Capri etc. This is not new.’
QLD has seen a ‘dramatic reduction in disruption in our suburbs’ since the last ‘party zone’ laws
Mr Langbroek, who is dedicated to ‘fighting the changes if need be’, said that he doesn’t want to see Surfer’s Paradise turning into a place where people think they can just do whatever they want and disrespect the laws of the city.
‘People want to party and we are a party town and as the member for Surfers Paradise I know it’s a magical place but you just can’t lose sight of the fact that it’s not as fast and lost as people make out,’ he said.
‘There are adults here and there are people that live here and we need to respect the local laws and the community.’