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Issued 20 November 2018Submissions close 5pm Friday 21 December 2018
Grey District Council has in place a Commercial Sex Premises Bylaw. This bylaw was first adopted by Council on 14 June 2004 and was last reviewed in May 2007.
The purpose of the bylaw is to:
a) Manage the potential impact of brothels and commercial sex premises on sensitive activities; and
b) Regulate the signage advertising brothels and commercial sex premises.
The recommendation is for no changes to the bylaw (except for minor administration changes to ensure consistency with other current Council bylaws).
Council has to review its bylaws at regular intervals as per section 150 of the Local Government Act) and the Commercial Sex Premises Bylaw is now due for its ten year review. As outlined in our Significance and Engagement Policy, Council is intending to use the Special Consultative Procedure for public consultation.
It is noted that Council does not think the continuation of the bylaw in its current form will have any significant impact on the community.
There is only one practicable option, namely that Council consults on the reviewed Commercial Sex Premises Bylaw with no changes proposed (except for minor administrative changes) and considers any submissions received via the public consultation process prior to the final bylaw being adopted.
Grey District Council will continue to be responsible for enforcing the location, licencing and regulation of signage for commercial sex premises as per the bylaw.
It confirms Council’s strong commitment to address an issue, which is important to the community.
It fits with Council’s vision of making the Grey District a progressive, sustainable area where people want to live, work, play and invest in.
Residents and stakeholders will have the opportunity to share their views through consultation.
There could be a desire within the community for changes to the number of venues (no venues at present).
Residents are strongly encouraged to have a say. We want to hear from as many people as possible before a decision is made, so please have your say today.
All submissions must be in writing. We will accept submissions in the following format:
You are welcome to address Council in person on your submission – if you wish to do this, please clearly indicate this in your submission. Council will hear and consider submissions at a meeting after the close-off date (most likely the February 2019 meeting).
Every submission made to the Council will be acknowledged in accordance with the Local Government Act 2002, copied and made available to the public.
Submissions close at 5pm on Friday 21 December 2018.