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Sydney Uni Catholic colleges object to brothel

The heads of two residential Catholic colleges at Sydney University have expressed their concern at a proposal for a brothel opposite the colleges that has been given the go-ahead by South Sydney Council.

The 24-hour brothel is to be established on Parramatta Road, Camperdown, a stone's throw from the two colleges. Approval was granted despite formal objections from the two colleges and Sydney University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Gavin Brown.

"We are concerned that the security of our environment is being put at risk," said Sancta Sophia principal, Mrs Barbara Walsh. She said many of the college's 160 students worked part-time in the city at night and used Parramatta Road buses to get home - a bus stop is located opposite the brothel.

Mrs Walsh said she was concerned brothel clients would harass students.

St John's rector, Fr John Hill, is also concerned about the security of female students. "Down the ages brothels have always been associated with an unsafe environment," Fr Hill said.

An appeal is being considered but would be expensive, Fr Hill said. "At the moment it seems that they are going to win - but we were determined that they weren't going to get away with it by default."
Catholic Weekly