Bylaw lifts ban on brothels in CBDs

Otago Daily Times 13 Apr 2011

The Queenstown Lakes District Council has adopted the controversial brothel bylaw that will allow a “theoretical maximum” of nine brothels in the Queenstown CBD and five in the Wanaka CBD. A brothel opponent said the decision would have brothel owners rubbing their hands in glee. The bylaw, which was opposed by the majority of submitters, was carried unopposed at yesterday’s ordinary council meeting and was hailed as being kept as “tight” as possible by bylaw hearing panelist Cr Lex Perkins. “I’ve felt we’ve made it very, very tight downtown. I think we’ve protected the public as well as we can under the 2003 Prostitution Act … if we didn’t go down that track we could have spent some time in court,” Cr Perkins said. Previously, brothels were barred from operating in both town centres but under the Prostitution Reform Act 2003, the council faced a potentially costly judicial review by continuing to allow the ban. …Conservative lobby group Family First opposed the draft bylaw and national director Bob McCoskrie told the Otago Daily Times yesterday he was disappointed. “The council have obviously completely ignored the considerations of families and even the expert advice presented at submissions.” Mr McCoskrie said the council had “plenty of other options” to meet its requirements under the Prostitution Reform Act “but they’ve adopted the worst-case scenario. Brothel owners will be rubbing their hands in glee.”
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A former Invercargill madam says Queenstown Lakes District Council’s decision to lift a ban on brothels in the Wanaka and Queenstown CBDs is the right move because it will reduce private in-calls in suburban family areas. “Any normal parent would rather have a brothel somewhere central rather than near their house – being a next-door neighbour would suck,” Natasha McEwing said. Ms McEwing is a week away from opening a new strip club, jelly-wrestling and entertainment venue in Invercargill, and said anyone looking to open a brothel would be wise to move to Queenstown, which she said was the most “lucrative” market for commercial sex in the country.