24/7 SEX DEN WANTED

Own­ers want coun­cil sup­port

Tweed Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - Ais­ling Bren­nan ais­ling.bren­nan@tweed­dai­lynews.com.au

THE fu­ture of a Tweed brothel is up in the air, as own­ers ea­gerly await ap­proval to op­er­ate 24 hours a day, every day.

Tweed Shire Coun­cil is ex­pected to make a de­ci­sion on Thurs­day on whether to grant Ju­lianna’s Gen­tle­men’s Re­treat on En­ter­prise Ave at Tweed Heads South a li­cence to op­er­ate with no time limit, fol­low­ing a 12-month trial that al­lowed the es­tab­lish­ment to be open all day, every day.

Since 2010, the Tweed Heads South brothel has been bat­tling with coun­cil over op­er­at­ing hours, af­ter the Land and En­vi­ron­ment Court re­stricted op­er­a­tion from 6pm to 6am daily.

While the staff rec­om­men­da­tion is to ap­prove the change in op­er­a­tion hours, de­vel­op­ment con­sul­tant Jim Glaze­brook, who is act­ing on be­half of the brothel own­ers, said coun­cil’s re­stric­tive con­di­tions in the past had pro­hib­ited the busi­ness from

flour­ish­ing.

“There’s been a num­ber of of­fers to pur­chase the place but due to un­cer­tainty un­der the con­sent they never pro­ceeded to the fi­nal stages,” Mr Glaze­brook said.

“These are le­git­i­mate busi­nesses.

“It’s the same as any busi­ness, any­where, if you cre­ate un­cer­tainly around it, it af­fects the value of it and the abil­ity to sell it.

“The cur­rent own­ers just

want to move on.”

Mr Glaze­brook said the own­ers were dis­ap­pointed coun­cil had in the past con­tin­ued to ap­ply trial pe­ri­ods de­spite there be­ing al­most no harm to sur­round­ing ameni­ties.

“Ev­ery­time we go back to them, they just want an­other trial pe­riod,” he said.

“It’s got more to do with moral is­sues, than is­sues with sub­stance.

“I’ve worked with these types of busi­nesses over the years. It’s not in their in­ter­ests to run a busi­ness that cre­ates amenity is­sues through noise.

“No­body wants that, they don’t want the po­lice hang­ing around.”

Tweed By­ron Po­lice District were con­sulted about the ap­pli­ca­tion and in­di­cated they would like to see the trial pe­riod ex­tended but would sup­port coun­cil’s de­ci­sion either way.

Ju­lianna’s Gen­tle­men’s Re­treat is one of five coun­cil-ap­proved broth­els in the Tweed.

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It’s got to do with moral is­sues, than is­sue with sub­stance.

— Jim Glaze­brook

PHOTO: KATE O'NIELL

OPEN­ING HOURS: Tweed Shire Coun­cil will de­cide whether to grant a 24/7 op­er­a­tional li­cence to a Tweed Heads South brothel.

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