Arunta Investments, the company now running the Midnightshift, has disputed claims made by one of the iconic business’ owners about the issues in dispute between them.

Shift business partner Clarence Cruz told Sydney Star Observer last week, “The rent is paid weekly and has always been up to date. The only dispute was the outgoings which was due on June 30”.

However, in a statement following the publication of Cruz’s comments, Arunta Investments told this newspaper, “Mr Cruz’s statement was incorrect, including the assertion that the only dispute was in relation to outgoings.”

Midnightshift owner Tim Berry would not comment further on developments regarding the dispute when contacted by Sydney Star Observer yesterday, but an announcement about legal action is expected later this week.

Documents obtained from the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) this week show a notice of application to wind up Berry’s company, Bluejoy Pty Ltd, under Section 459P of the Corporations Act was made last month by the NSW Office of State Revenue, but was unrelated to the dispute with Arunta and was settled on Cruz and Berry’s return to Australia.

Arunta said it did not want to see the dispute, “debated through the press or on internet sites”, simply stating that it was, “a legal matter between the parties that may ultimately be determined through legal process”.

Advertising taken out in the Sydney GLBTI press this week stressed that “It’s Business as usual!” at the Midnightshift.

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