Super brothel appeal set for court
THE future of a super-brothel planned for Tweed Heads South is set to be decided in the NSW Land and Environment Court after Tweed Shire councillors voted to engage solicitors to defend their decision not to allow the proposal.
An initial hearing in the NSW Land and Environment Court is set down for July 12 after Ms Susan Stewart who had lodged a development application with the council earlier this year decided to appeal against its rejection.
Five of the seven Tweed councillors have voted to engage solicitors to defend its refusal despite objections from Cr Dot Holdom and Cr Kevin that ratepayer's money would be wasted in the battle.
“You are going to lose and it will cost ratepayers dearly,” said Cr Holdom.
“I'm a realist and I understand life isn't as clean and pristine as some people like to imagine it is.”
Cr Joan van Lieshout defended the legal battle adding: “I certainly know it's not a clean, snow white community.
“But I can tell you it's up to us to make a difference.
“This type of activity does not uphold women... it's denigration.”
Ms Stewart had applied for council approval of a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week brothel at 36 Enterprise Avenue, Tweed Heads South employing 50 sex workers.
Council planning staff had recommended approval despite its proximity to a children's dance school and a church.