The Vault On Ruthven: Toowoomba's new strip club

PLANS to establish a strip club in Toowoomba are advancing with renovations of the Ruthven St site to begin within two months.

The adult venue will be named The Vault On Ruthven, a nod to the building's past as a Commonwealth Bank branch.

It will be run by LA Showgirls, a company that began as an offshoot of Airlie Beach entertainment group LA Entertainment.

A spokeswoman for the new club said hostility from a conservative element within Toowoomba had not stifled the plans.

"We are still moving ahead and everything is looking positive," she said.

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"We're getting a lot of great feedback from people that want us to come.

"We can't help the people that don't want us here.

"That's just the way it is.

"We're just another business coming to town."

New strip club The Vault On Ruthven is on track for opening in a former branch of the Commonwealth Bank in Toowoomba.
New strip club The Vault On Ruthven is on track for opening in a former branch of the Commonwealth Bank in Toowoomba. Kevin Farmer

The club was approved by the Queensland Liquor and Gaming Commission in January despite almost 3000 objections being tabled in parliament.

The last time similar protests were held over an adult venue in Toowoomba was in 2009 when Harlaxton brothel Deviations opened its doors.

It has since operated with little controversy.

Management was cautious of diminishing the opening-night sense of surprise by releasing details or visual plans of the interior layout too soon.

The building will have to be completely gutted before the design can be implemented.

"In the next month or two, you will start seeing work happen there," the spokeswoman said.

"The design of the venue is so nice... but we don't want to give it away until opening night.

"It's not just a strip tease - there is going to be a show every night."

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The company has a network of available staff which can keep the club running "for a long time", but would prefer to employ workers from Toowoomba.

"We want to hire from within the city," the spokeswoman said.

"This is not just a one or two-person venue.

"We need bar staff, hostesses, entertainers, DJs and security.

"We would prefer to hire locals so we have a good solid staff base."

LA Entertainment director Luke Anderson said he had handed over the reins for The Vault On Ruthven to a new operator.

"With all the other stuff I have going on, I'm just too busy," he said.

Mr Anderson started the brand in 2008 as a sole nightclub DJ in the Whitsundays.

He now directs a clothing store, a print and design firm, a hairdressing salon, a sign-writing business and a model promotion company, all based in north Queensland.



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