Sydney’s sex-trade looks likely to enjoy a boom after AUS$12million [12.2 USD] plans for Australia’s largest brothel were given the go-ahead.
Stiletto’s, opposite Sydney University in the city center, is set to undergo the mega-expansion to double the rooms from 20 to 40 and build a wing for ‘group bookings’.
It will also have suites with multiple beds, pool tables, and another 21 ‘waiting rooms’.
The plans for ‘cupid’s complex’ were knocked back late last year by the city council on the grounds that it was too big.
But owners the Artazan Property Group won an appeal to the Land and Environment Court with Commissioner Susan O’Neill ruling the project should go ahead.
O’Neill said in the judgment: ‘The issue of a moral objection to the nature of the activities of a sex premises were raised by some of the public submissions and resident objectors.
‘As a sex premises is a legal land use and permissible, with consent, moral objections to the proposal are not relevant considerations.”
O’Neill said Stiletto’s operation to date had been assessed by the council as ‘acceptable and better than most’ brothels in the city.
And he said the proposed expansion to 40 rooms had addressed traffic and other concerns. Stiletto promotes itself as ‘the world’s finest short-stay boutique hotel and Sydney brothel’.
Its standard hourly rate of Aus $370 includes room, lady of choice and beverages. It is open 24 hours each day of the year, except for Christmas Day.
And it boasts a ‘mixed clientele’ which it claims includes top-end celebrities including movie stars, sportspeople and rock bands.
Prostitution in Australia is governed by state and territory laws with brothels being legal in some parts of the country.
They are permitted in New South Wales, but in other areas such as the Northern Territory they are banned.