[UPDATED: 20 February 2011] Kogarah’s first karaoke venue is called Playground Karaoke Cafe, and will open on 26 February 2011.
[ORIGINAL POST of 6 June 2010] After being alerted by a tweet and the linked article in the St George and Sutherland Leader (local newspaper of southern Sydney’s St George area) about the approval of a development application proposing a karaoke premises in Kogarah Town Square, I did some investigating to see exactly what this was about.
This post will refer to three documents found publicly on the Kogarah Council website:
- the minutes of the Kogarah Council regular council meeting held on 24 Monday 2010;
- the development assessment report for 1/11 O’Keefes Lane, Kogarah DA74/10; and
- the annexures to the development assessment report for the above property.
A development application was lodged with Kogarah Council on 25 March 2010 for a licensed karaoke cafe at the above address in the Kogarah Town Square complex. Adjourning properties were notified of the application during April. The development was conditionally approved at the 24 May 2010 council meeting by a margin of 6-2 (three abstaining due to pecuniary interests).
The karaoke cafe proposal
The proposal includes a fitout of the 385 square metre premises to accommodate a capacity of 190 persons and 11 staff, comprising amongst other things:
- 14 private dining rooms with karaoke facilities;
- waiting and reception area;
- commercial kitchen;
- bar; and
- signage on shopfront glazing.
The proposed operating hours would be from 12pm to 12am from Sunday to Thursday, and 12pm to 2am on Friday and Saturday. Entry will be via the glass entrance next to Kogarah Library.
In the police comments submitted as part of the package, it expressed concerns over the intended proposal citing the history of other licensed premises within the vicinity. The police have concerns over the behaviour of intoxicated persons leading to potential anti-social behaviour, noise complaints, offensive conduct and assault.
The management plan included as part of the proposal mentions that the karoake cafe will employ the services of security personnel to guard against unruly behaviour. As well, it states that no queuing will occur in any public space and patrons will be requested to wait in the basement waiting area.
The council motion for the development was passed with restrictions detailed in the minutes concerning trading hours, surrounding environmental considerations, sound, food and alcohol.
After all this, I still don’t know if it would be an Asian or Western run karaoke venue? I will just have to wait until it opens to find out.