Strip club planned for Hub hotel

The skin trade is back in Launceston with a new strip club offering ''a never before seen visual experience'', planned for a revamped Hub hotel. 

The club's proponent, Glenn Millhouse, said he planned  to spend $150,000 on a 1930s themed gentlemen's club at the Tamar Street venue. 

For tourists, upstairs will offer 38 beds marketed at backpackers. 

Details of the proposal are contained in a liquor licence application  lodged with the Commissioner for Licensing.

''Patrons will feel they have stepped back in time whilst enjoying high-class performances such as burlesque and feminine women,'' Mr Millhouse, a former car-rental operator, said. 

''I believe it will not only benefit the local Launceston area, in that there will be a new and exciting venue for patrons to attend . . . (but) tourists visiting Northern Tasmania will have yet another attraction to visit.'' 

The club would operate three nights a week and hire 25 staff, including strippers performing ''world-class shows''. 

The Hub has seen plenty of skin in the past, with a straight and gay strip club located there several years ago.  

Mr Millhouse said reopening  it would reinvigorate an area, which had become ''tired and in need of refurbishment''.

The club's vision statement incudes ''always trying to find new ways to make you happy, after all this is your time to relax''. 

Mr Millhouse said his passion for hospitality stretched back to the 1970s when he worked at hotels such as the Four Seasons. 

He said he aimed to buy the Hub outright  and ''be here for a long time''.

The Launceston City Council said it would be keen to ensure the club did not  have a detrimental affect on the area. 

''Any such proposed use would involve extensive conditions to manage potential adverse impacts from the use,'' council general manager Robert Dobrzynski said. 

''Occupancy permits and place of assembly permits are some of the approvals that might be required, along with planning permits.''

The council has already received one anonymous complaint. 

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