UPDATE 8.10PM: HUNDREDS of Toowoomba residents opposed to the recently approved LA Showgirls strip club have met tonight to launch a new petition in a final attempt to halt the club being opened.

The meeting, held at the Salvation Army on West St, was also a chance for people to get a better understanding of the objection process as explained by Member for Toowoomba North Trevor Watts.

Mr Watts, as well as Member for Toowoomba South John McVeigh, answered questions from the crowd, as a clear theme of giving power back to local councils to control approval processes for premises such as the strip club became apparent.

The two MPs, both who have strongly opposed the development, had their motives questioned by attendee Paul Galligan after Mr McVeigh tried to convince the crowd to focus on the legislative requirements involved to maximise their efforts in stopping the club going ahead, instead of their moral stance.

"We were just told by this MP (John McVeigh) that moral grounds don't count in this issue, well that's a total lie," Mr Galligan said.

"Most of us are here purely on moral grounds and out of the fear of God and it's about time they got that message."

Mr Watts replied, saying that the way the legislation concerned was written, a moral perspective would not be considered.

Mr Watts said objectors had until February 19 to submit further objections for consideration.

Paul Galligan speaks at the opponents of LA Showgirls' Toowoomba CBD strip club protest rally at the Salvation Army hall, Thursday, February 07, 2013. Photo Kevin Farmer / The Chronicle
Paul Galligan voices his concerns at tonight&squot;s meeting. Kevin Farmer

EARLIER: OPPONENTS of LA Showgirls' Toowoomba CBD strip club are holding a rally this afternoon to express disappointment at the venue's approval.

The rally has been organised by City Women CEO Letitia Shelton.

It will be held from 5.30pm outside of the Salvation Army on the corner of West St and Anzac Av.

City Women wants legislation changed so that approval of venues like strip clubs is made by local government rather than the State Government.