‘Love Machine’ Nightclub slapped with a $10,000 fine for illegal party

Melbourne’s Love Machine nightclub is slapped with a $10,000 fine for breaching coronavirus rules after more than FIFTY people are found partying inside

  • The Love Machine night club was fined $10,906 for COVID-19 breach
  • Victoria police shut down the Prahan venue on Saturday night after a raid 
  • The venue has been surrounded by controversy after a fatal shooting a year ago
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

A night club has been fined $10,000 for breaching COVID-19 social distancing rules only 12 months after a fatal drive by shooting at the same venue.

The Love Machine club at Prahan, in Melbourne‘s south-east was shut down after being raided by Victoria police on Saturday night. 

The club had been advertising a live-stream event ‘Diamond Saturdays’ in the lead up to the weekend.

The Love Machine nightclub at Prahan, in Melbourne's south-east was shut down after being raided by Victoria police on Saturday night (Pictured: police tape cordons off Malvern Street after a drive by shooting at the same venue on April 14 2019)

The Love Machine nightclub at Prahan, in Melbourne’s south-east was shut down after being raided by Victoria police on Saturday night (Pictured: police tape cordons off Malvern Street after a drive by shooting at the same venue on April 14 2019)

The nightclub allegedly held an illegal gathering of more than 50 patrons, resulting in a $10,000 fine by Victoria police (stock image)

The nightclub allegedly held an illegal gathering of more than 50 patrons, resulting in a $10,000 fine by Victoria police (stock image)

Victoria Police confirmed to Daily Mail Australia the night club breached the Chief Health Officer’s COVID-19 directives.

According to the Age, the misdemeanor related to hosting a function of more than 50 people.

The venue operator will be fined $9,913 for the beach, in addition to another $991 for breaching liquor laws.

Police returned to the club on Monday morning to request CCTV footage from inside the club as part of investigations. 

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Love Machine for comment.

The venue has been surrounded by controversy after two people died outside the club during a drive by shooting 12 months ago.

The venue has been surrounded by controversy after two people died outside the club during a drive by shooting 12 months ago

The venue has been surrounded by controversy after two people died outside the club during a drive by shooting 12 months ago

A security guard and an innocent bystander were killed on April 14 last year when bullets were allegedly fired out of a passing car towards the Love Machine nightclub in Prahan (pictured: blood covers the floor outside the venue after the 2019 shooting)

A security guard and an innocent bystander were killed on April 14 last year when bullets were allegedly fired out of a passing car towards the Love Machine nightclub in Prahan (pictured: blood covers the floor outside the venue after the 2019 shooting)

A security guard and an innocent bystander were killed on April 14 last year when bullets were allegedly fired out of a passing car towards the Love Machine nightclub in Prahan. 

Four others were injured after being struck by bullets in the attack.

The venue has reportedly been struggling to attract patrons after the attack despite replacing the security firm and appointing new promoters since the incident.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has given the green light for pubs and clubs to reopen for up to 50 patrons from June 22. 

However they must abide to directions around providing four square metres per patron.

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