Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the suburbs…

Earlier this year, eight years after he made national headlines when the party he threw at his parents’ suburban home was overrun by hundreds of gatecrashers who responded to a MySpace invitation, Corey Worthington, now 23 and all grown up, has launched his latest business venture — an online party planning service, would you believe.

So perhaps the timing is fortuitous that just last week the Queensland State Government approved a temporary local government planning instrument to give the necessary legal “teeth” to laws passed by the government last August which enabled local councils greater powers to regulate so-called “party houses” in the suburbs. It may be good news or bad, probably depending on how old you are and whether you mix your vodka with Red Bull or dry vermouth, but under the amendments to the Act the owners of residential properties that fall within the definition of a “party house” must seek development approval from their local council. It’s a process that can be convoluted and expensive, and not without the odd hoop to be jumped through, but in the absence of approval, the use of a property as a “party house” is now expressly unlawful, and puts the owner and risk of fines and other sanctions.

Your move, Corey.

John Ellis, Head of Commercial and Property, Nyst Legal