TAMWORTH mayor Warren Woodley will seek his fellow councillors’ support in backing the proposed Private Member’s Bill put forward by Tamworth MP Tony Windsor to create brothel-free zones in local government areas.
The Local Communities (Brothel Prohibition) Bill 2001 will be lodged by Mr Windsor in the Legislative Assembly of the NSW Parliament.
In the proposed Bill, any occupier of premises within a brothel-free zone who used the premises or allows them to be used for the purpose of a brothel would be guilty of an offence.
Mr Windsor’s Private Member’s Bill must be successful in being passed as legislation for this to become enforceable.
In a mayoral minute, Mr Woodley has recommended the council record its support of the Bill and that as mayor he be authorised to make representations to NSW Premier Bob Carr, Attorney-General Bob Debus, Opposition leader Kerry Chikarovski and opposition Attorney-General Christopher Hartcher, seeking bipartisan support for enactment as legislation of the Local Communities (Brothel Prohibition) Bill 2001.
The impact of the Private Member’s Bill will be to allow the establishment of brothel-free zones within a local government area, which may comprise the whole or any part of the local government area.
The brothel-free zone would have effect despite the provisions of any environmental planning instrument or development consent.
The Draft Bill provides for the council, either on its own motion or on the application of one or more of the following people:
• a person who the council is satisfied is a representative of a bona fide community group active in the area;
• a police officer; or
• a person who the council is satisfied lives or works in the area.
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