Pole dancing polarises
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.