Nightclub lobbyist fined for using cocaine

Christine Flatley
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Brisbasne nightclub lobbyist Nick Braban (centre) has pleaded guilty to cocaine use.

A prominent Brisbane nightclub lobbyist has been fined $700 for snorting cocaine in a car park in the city's entertainment district.

Nick Braban, who led the charge against the Palaszczuk government's lockout laws, was charged last month with possessing two grams of the drug while in Chinatown in Fortitude Valley.

He pleaded guilty to the charge on Tuesday in Brisbane Magistrates Court.

The court heard Braban, 33, was arrested on July 15 after police caught him and a friend snorting the drug on the top level of a car park.

Police busted the pair with some of the cocaine lined up in rows, and the rest of the drug tightly wrapped in plastic.

Braban told police he and his friend had bought the drug for $1100 with the intention of using it that evening.

The court heard the incident has hurt Braban, who was forced to resign from his position as chairman of the Valley Liquor Accord, as well as from the local Safe Night Precinct board and chaplaincy committee.

Deputy Chief Magistrate Terry Gardiner said Braban, who ran a bar for seven years, should have been more careful with his choices.

"You of all people should be well aware of the difficulties the Valley precinct operates under with regards to the abuse of alcohol and drugs," he said.

Braban, who has no criminal history, was fined $700 and no conviction was recorded.