Plan to build the mother of all brothels in Sydney is shot down despite police support
A PLAN to build Australia's biggest brothel in Sydney has been blocked after the city council likened the proposal to a super shopping mall threatening smaller competitors.
The owners of the Stiletto brothel in the inner city neighbourhood of Camperdown had applied to the City of Sydney Council to expand, doubling the number of working rooms to 40 and creating a wing for "group bookings".
The development would have added three floors to the building and cost €8.83 million.
But in the end, the sheer size of the planned expansion contributed to its downfall, with all 10 councillors deciding the development was too ambitious and could put other brothels in the area out of business.
"This brothel is the Westfield of brothels," said councillor Shayne Mallard, referring to Australia's largest shopping mall chain.
"We're not prudes, we're not opposed to brothels, but we have a policy of anti-clustering, spreading them out."
Clover Moore, the Lord Mayor, said she had voted against the proposal because the development would have a negative impact on the area, which includes several residential streets.
"Residents have told councillors about the impacts from traffic and anti-social behaviour," she told the meeting.
"Those impacts are expected to increase if the size is doubled. It is the size I think that is of great concern. I believe that this development is inconsistent with our vision for our city, frankly."
Brothels are legal in some parts of Australia, including New South Wales, as long as they comply with council rules and regulations. But they are not always popular.
Residents of Camperdown, an up and coming suburb that is also home to the prestigious Sydney University, expressed fears about noise, parking problems and that part of the development would become a sex shop.
In some 80 submissions to council, residents said that the area was already well served by brothels and that there was no need to expand Stiletto.
However, local police had no problem with the development.
Stiletto, which is located on the busy Parramatta Road, promotes itself as "the world's finest short stay boutique hotel and Sydney brothel". The establishment opened in 2002 and boasts two floors of rooms with names such as Betty Boob and The Den. Its standard hourly rate of AU$370 (€277) includes room, lady of choice, and beverages.
It is open 24 hours each day of the year except for Christmas Day and boasts a "mixed clientele" which it claims includes high-profile celebrities including actors, sportspeople and rock stars.