Surfers Paradise party house precinct “too hard to police”

Debate is raging within Gold Coast City Council over plans to approve a party house zone in Surfers Paradise.

Division Councillor Gary Baildon is against the idea, which could reportedly see swingers parties and bucks nights involving strippers held alongside the homes of young families.

According the The Sunday Mail, Planning Committee boss Cameron Caldwell believes establishing a precinct within Surfers Paradise will stop the controversial houses popping up in the suburbs.


However, Cr Baildon told myGC there is a major flaw in his plan.

“The Council has been approving party houses over at the Isle of Capri, which in my view is a strictly residential area, and needs to be stopped as quickly as possible,” Cr Baildon said.

“[The current] house party precinct in Surfers Paradise, around Cavill Avenue is fine. But, it shouldn’t be happening in suburban areas,” he added.

That temporary zone has been running for about two years.

The new proposal reportedly allows for adult entertainment along as it can’t be seen or hear by neighbours. But Cr Baildon says this is almost impossible to enforce.

“People have a few drinks, everyone relaxes and the noise levels go up.

“Police are very busy, people ring up because of the noise of the parties and Police are busy all the time and they prioritise things.”

myGC contacted Cr Caldwell but he was unavailable for comment.