Neighbours claim that noise from late night shows like Dazza and Keif are disrupting their sleep

Rainbow House Club Fights for Extended Trading Hours

By Beau
Beau is the founder of Apollo Social. He recently relocated to Melbourne with his husband and has begun a love affair with the city.
Rainbow House Club is facing resistance from disgruntled neighbours with its application to extend its trading hours to 5am. 

The popular Fitzroy club submitted an application with Yarra City Council to extend its weekend closing time from the current 1am to 5am. However, the application has been referred to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) after council failed to decide in the time required. The reason for the holdup is a group of neighbours claiming they are "tortured" by the noise caused by the late night shenanigans of the club. They claim disruptions to sleep are affecting their mental health and ability to work and study.

You have to wonder what these people expected moving into the vibrant entertainment district that is Smith Street. It's not hard to work out there is going to be a late night buzz from the restaurants, bars and clubs lining the street. Isn't that why you move to Smith street in the first place? To experience the thriving culture?

Even before Covid hit, queer spaces were under threat with beloved bars and clubs calling it quits in the past few years. Putting up roadblocks for a thriving club like this is just heartbreaking. Let's hope common sense prevails and the party is allowed to continue on Smith Street.