Priest reflects concern about sex shop near school
A southern Sydney parish priest has said that parents of students at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Primary School, Caringbah, are concerned that a sex shop called Sin City would be operating within 50m of a pre-school and primary school under a development proposal yesterday put to the Land and Environment Court.
Monsignor Kerry Bayada told the Daily Telegraph that many parents are worried at the prospect.
"I don't believe it should be something around young children. It is not a good example to them of what life is about. Parents are concerned for the social, moral and spiritual welfare of their children," he said.
Young mothers and residents gathered outside the proposed site at 365a Port Hacking Rd, Caringbah, as the court convened to decide whether the development, which was rejected by Sutherland Council last year, would go ahead.
Keith Andreou, who owns a number of such sex shops in the city, yesterday defended his proposed business - and claimed that it would be "enclosed and locked up like a prison".
The court hearing continues.
Sex shop in a school zone (Daily Telegraph 7/4/05)
Our Lady of Fatima Primary School, Caringbah
7 Apr 2005