No ap­pli­ca­tion for busi­ness

Narrogin Observer - - Front Page - John Dobson and Michael Traill

The Shire of Nar­ro­gin has not re­ceived a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion for a mas­sage parlour busi­ness where con­victed fraud­ster Bon Levi was op­er­at­ing in re­cent weeks.

The busi­ness has not op­er­ated since the Ob­server re­vealed last month Levi, once dubbed one of Aus­tralia’s “most no­to­ri­ous con­men” by the Aus­tralian Com­pe­ti­tion and Con­sumer Com­mis­sion, had be­gan ad­ver­tis­ing for clients and in­vestors.

Levi is be­lieved to be un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion WA, af­ter he may have breached a 2011 WA Supreme Court or­der that Levi and as­so­ciate Colin Bur­ton be per­ma­nently re­strained from car­ry­ing out any un­reg­is­tered busi­ness in WA and plac­ing mis­lead­ing re­cruit­ment ad­ver­tise­ments. Levi was fined more than $12,000 in the same year for mis­lead­ing ad­ver­tise­ments of mas­sage par­lours.

Shire of Nar­ro­gin chief ex­ec­u­tive Dale Stewart said the owner of the Eger­ton Street prop­erty was not aware of the busi­ness op­er­a­tion.

“We have had con­fir­ma­tion from the owner of the prop­erty, in writ­ing, that the land­lord has not re­ceived an ap­pli­ca­tion for plan­ning con­sent to sign from the ten­ant,” he said.

“If he was to re­ceive such an ap­pli­ca­tion, he would not be is­su­ing ap­proval as the landowner.

The coun­cil as the plan­ning au­thor­ity, can’t con­sider is­su­ing plan­ning ap­proval with­out lodge­ment of a devel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion and that ap­pli­ca­tion be­ing signed by the landowner.”

Last month, the Eger­ton Street busi­ness posted sig­nage ad­ver­tis­ing for women to work at the mas­sage busi­ness and in­vestors.

One had made of­fers to in­vestors and “girls” to work in the parlour.

“Open­ing 15 shops in WA rapidly, you can be a part­ner in each,” the sign said.

“I will train you to be a win­ner and you may ex­pects (sic) up to $7500 a week paid to you in ‘cash’ once all shops are es­tab­lished.

“You need $40,000 to buy part­ner­ship in WA.”

The ad goes on to claim, “I am 74 and my last girl­friend was 22yrs (sic)”.

Pic­ture: Toby Hussey

The mas­sage parlour on Eger­ton Street, Nar­ro­gin.

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