Sting follows closure
Noise fine weeks after restaurant shuts doors
A CLOSED Broadbeach restaurant has been slapped with a $4500 fine for playing music too loud, stunning the former owner.
Oynx closed last month due to a drop in business but yesterday the Southport Magistrates Court hit it with the penalty for breaching noise levels twice last year.
Onyx former owner Lauren Hyland, who did not attend court, later told the Bulletin the fine was “ridiculous’’.
Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulations (OLGR) officers found noise from the restaurant was above agreed noise levels on June 30 and July 15 last year.
But Ms Hyland said she only received notification of a noise level violation six weeks ago, after she had made the decision to close.
“To be honest we were fed up with getting the OLGR in the venue on a two to threeweekly basis,” she said.
The court heard the officers went to the restaurant over 18 complaints from eight different residents who lived nearby.
Ms Hyland said she would “just have to work it out” to make sure the money was paid.
During the hearing, barrister Dominic Robinson, acting for the OLGR, said the restaurant told officers it was closing.
Mr Robinson said Onyx had previously been given four tickets for loud music.
On June 30 last year, officers recorded a decibel level of 98.1 – well above the allowed 90 decibels.
According to the Australian Government’s “Your Home” website, 90 decibels is similar to very loud traffic passing while 100 decibels is the equivalent of a passing subway train.
Mr Robinson said noise officers went to Onyx on July 15 last year when the decibel level was recorded at 97.7.
He said when a crowd controller noticed officers taking measurements, he gestured to the band to turn the music down.
The financial hits keep coming for Lauren Hyland, the former owner of Onyx restaurant.