Pole danc­ing po­larises

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Kewdale - Jaime Shurmer

A POLE-DANC­ING venue for up to five spec­ta­tors is pro­posed for a Kew­dale adult en­ter­tain­ment shop.

At the De­cem­ber 9 City of Bel­mont agenda brief­ing, coun­cil­lors ex­pressed con­cern for the wel­fare of women who would be per­form­ing in the room pro­posed for Unit 2/133 Kew­dale Road.

They have asked for more de­tails, in­clud­ing the dis­tance be­tween the ware­house and shared toi­lets.

The coun­cil is ex­pected tonight to de­cide whether to ap­prove a change of use ap­pli­ca­tion for the ware­house to be­come “Use Not Listed (Sex Re­lated Use)”.

Plan­ning of­fi­cer Dean Pet­tit told coun­cil­lors the 18.7sq m room was ac­cessed from the rear of the com­plex and not vis­i­ble from Kew­dale Road.

A 2.5sq m stor­age room with a fold­ing door is pro­posed to be a change room for the per­former and to store per­sonal items.

Three chairs and a sofa for two would sur­round a por­ta­ble dance pole.

The pro­pri­etor, The Porn Shop, would en­sure no sex­ual ser­vices in­volv­ing phys­i­cal con­tact be pro­vided, no al­co­hol would be served, and pa­trons would be man­aged by book­ings and charged to view the pole-danc­ing per­for­mances. Noise would be limited and there would be no loi­ter­ing or touch­ing per­form­ers.

Dancers would have to be fully clothed in an un­provoca­tive man­ner when ar­riv­ing at and leav­ing the unit or go­ing to the bath­room. The pro­posal would al­low one per­former on site.

A let­ter of support from a neigh­bour­ing business ac­com­pa­nied the ap­pli­ca­tion and no sub­mis­sions were re­ceived from sur­round­ing busi­nesses. One unit be­side the shop is va­cant.

In re­sponse to Deputy Mayor Robert Rossi’s ques­tions about toi­let fa­cil­i­ties at the com­plex, Mr Pet­tit said there were ablu­tions in two lo­ca­tions shared by all strata own­ers.

Cr Paul Hitt was con­cerned about the iso­la­tion of the venue and asked who po­liced con­di­tion breaches.

Bel­mont com­mu­nity and statu­tory ser­vices di­rec­tor Neville Deague said the City re­lied on com­plaints by ten­ants and some­times pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tors were em­ployed.

Cr Lau­ren Cay­oun wanted of­fi­cers to find out what se­cu­rity was planned for the venue and Cr Janet Pow­ell asked whether the time­frames of­fered of 9am-5pm week­days would be part of the com­pli­ance.

Mr Deague said lim­its on op­er­at­ing times would not be a rel­e­vant con­di­tion be­cause that would be seen to be in­ter­fer­ing in the process of a business.

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