Sting fol­lows clo­sure

Noise fine weeks af­ter restau­rant shuts doors

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - LEA EMERY

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.

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