Green light for liquor licence

Launceston is a step closer to getting a strip club after its proponent was granted a liquor licence to operate The Hub.

Hobart-based Glenn Millhouse said he was planning an estimated $150,000 conversion of the Tamar Street venue into a gentlemen's club themed in the style of German cabaret and Moulin Rouge.

After a hearing this week, the Tasmanian Licensing Board directed the Commissioner of Licensing to grant an on-licence.

Decisions of the board are final and without appeal.

Mr Millhouse, who ran Hobart's first gay club the Lunch Box, said he had been quietly confident at the hearing.

``It's nothing illegal, it's quite a fit and proper business,'' he said.

The club's Facebook page said it was looking to open in February and was seeking security and bar staff and dancers.

Initially, Mr Millhouse said he would open Thursday to Saturday until about 2am.

The club would be split between a burlesque-styled strip club downstairs with an upmarket backpackers upstairs, he said.

Mr Millhouse said the building was a rare combination of Greek and Georgian architecture, which was what drew him to it in the first place.

Opinion over the strip club is mixed, with Launceston mayor Albert van Zetten saying it was unnecessary.

Glenn Millhouse

Glenn Millhouse