Brothel before the court



ROBERT Gaden's business has been moved on by a proposal to establish Coffs Harbour's second legal brothel ? but he is quite happy to move.

Mr Gaden was the tenant of an industrial bay at 25-27 Hurley Drive proposed as the site for Coffs Harbour's second legal brothel.

Reports have circulated that Mr Gaden, who had a long lease on the premises but moved out over Christmas to another bay in the adjoining industrial complex, had done so because he had received threats.

But Mr Gaden said he had agreed to move early after the new owner, Mr Neville Wallbridge, had found him alternative and cheaper premises and had helped to pay for the out-of-pocket expenses of moving his business.

He said the rumours were completely unfounded.

The proposal to establish the brothel is now headed for the Land and Environment Court.

At the last 2005 meeting of Coffs Harbour City Council, the development application for the brothel was deferred so council could enter into discussions with the developer on establishing the brothel in a free-standing building.

Coffs Harbour City Council's acting director of planning, Mark Salter, said the developer had not been interested in discussing the issue. Mr Salter said the develop- er had sought legal advice and had lodged an appeal in the Land and Environment Court.

Dates and the terms of reference for the hearing are expected to be set in late February.

"There were no discussions ? there didn't seem any point, said Mr Kerry Power of planningPower, the consultant for the developer.

"It would have simply reopened the same issues on a different piece of land."



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