Closure threat just a lot of HuHa - owner

Bendigo nightclub HuHa will not close despite a Supreme Court application to wind up the company that runs the business, according to director Craig Cooper. 

CPL Cooper is being pursued over $44,507 in unpaid bills to liquor supplier Australian Liquor Marketers. 

The debt relates to goods and services delivered between February and April 2012. 

An application to wind up the company is listed for a Supreme Court of Victoria hearing next Wednesday, which, if approved by a judge, would effectively send the business into liquidation. 

But Mr Cooper said the matter would be dealt with before it reached court. 

“That won’t proceed,” he said. 

“I’ve tried to do a deal with (Australian Liquor Marketers) prior to this, but they’ve been pretty adamant about how they want it done.

“The nightclub won’t close. The solicitor should have it all resolved this week.”

Melbourne lawyers Meltzer Green is acting on behalf of the liquor distributor. 

Mr Cooper said the debt was incurred at the Flagstaff Hotel in Maryborough, which was then owned by CPL Cooper.

“We already had an account for the alcohol with them,” he said. 

“All up we lost about $300,000 in Maryborough... it sold around March or April 2012. 

“HuHa has had to pay for the mistakes of Maryborough.

“The debts were all paid off, this $44,000 will be paid off and the solicitors are in discussions about coming to an agreement to pay it off.”

Mr Cooper said the application to wind up the company could be withdrawn at any stage. 

He said about 15 people were employed at the Bull Street nightclub. 

“I’ll leave the solicitors and the accountants to work it out,” he said.  “As far as I was aware, it was all under control.”

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