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Brothel Extension in Sydney Wins Initial Court Approval

May 25, 2012

Plans to build Australia’s largest brothel won preliminary approval from a Sydney court, a decision that would overturn the local council’s rejection of the three- storey bordello near the city center.

The A$12 million ($11.7 million) plan to expand the Stiletto brothel to 40 working rooms can be approved if customer numbers are capped, said Commissioner Susan O’Neill of the Land & Environment Court of New South Wales in Sydney. She said she’d need further submissions from lawyers on proposals to limit customer traffic before giving final approval.

Final approval would be a victory for Artazan Property Group, the Sydney firm overseeing the project, and the state’s sex industry. Even after being decriminalized in 1995, New South Wales brothel owners are increasingly turning to courts to reverse rejections by councils opposed to the industry, said the Scarlet Alliance, which represents Australian sex workers.

The proposal, which was rejected in September by City of Sydney, included 21 waiting rooms and a 24-space basement parking lot.

The brothel would be Australia’s largest, according to Basil Donovan, co-author of a March report on the New South Wales sex industry.

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