Brothel ?not a problem? for the art lovers
JASON HAMPTON-TAYLOR doubts the openminded art lovers who visit his gallery would be offended by a brothel opening up next door.
"As long as nobody is hurt or exploited, I don't see a problem with it," the owner of Mother Art in the Byron Bay Industrial Estate said yesterday.
His comments follow a development application for a two-storey brothel with four consulting rooms to be built next door to his gallery at 15 Wollongbar Street.
Aspect North in Lismore lodged the application on behalf of Byron Bay company Agvoc Traders Pty Ltd, with a decision pending from council.
If approved, construction of the brothel, which is estimated to cost between $300,000 and $400,000, would start in the New Year and be completed by July.
The brothel will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Mr Hampton-Taylor believes only a small minority of people would have a problem with it.
"It might add another level of intrigue. Most of the businesses are open-minded," he said.
Bronwyn Sevenoaks, of Inky Business, opposite the proposed site, said she couldn't see a problem with the brothel, provided it was tasteful.
Aspect North's senior town planner, Graham Meineke, said the brothel was permissible under the current industrial estate zonings. He said the landlords believed there was a major need for the brothel.
"They've really done their homework. This will be a high-class brothel with very strict security in place," he said.
Byron mayor Jan Barham said it was the first time the council had dealt with such an application.
"It may not be the type of development that council wants, but it is a permissible development and brothels have been shown to have a place in our society," she said.
The DA is on public exhibition at the shire council offices in Mullumbimby until November 30.