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Queenstown and Wanaka brothel draft bylaw out tomorrow

Fuseworks Media
Fuseworks Media

Wellington, Oct 12 NZPA -The Queenstown Lakes District Council will accept public submissions on its draft brothel bylaw from tomorrow.

The bylaw will allow the creation of red-light districts in the Queenstown and Wanaka town centres, but with some restriction on signage and location.

Previously brothels were barred from operating in the centre of town but under the Prostitution Reform Act of 2003 the council faced a potentially expensive judicial review by continuing to bar brothels and last week councillors approved the draft bylaw change.

Under the Queenstown Lakes District Council Brothel Bylaw 2008, a brothel could not be established or operate within Queenstown or Wanaka town centre zones if it was within 100m of a residential-zoned site, school, community facility or reserve, essentially ruling out any location within the town's central business districts.

Council general manager of corporate services Roger Taylor told NZPA copies of the draft bylaw would be made available to the public in council buildings and on the council website.

"Members of the public can send in their own submissions and a public hearing may be organised over the next month," Mr Taylor said.

Queenstown Mayor Clive Geddes was reported as telling the Southland Times high rentals and conservative landlords were likely to restrict any brothel from opening.

Lobby group Family First NZ has spoken out against the bylaw.

"The intent of the Prostitution Reform Act was never to allow brothels and prostitution in family and residential areas, yet this has been the tragic outcome of a flawed and badly written law," Family First national director Bob McCoskrie said.

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