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An illegally operating brothel in Maroubra has this week been forced to close down after Randwick City Council successfully took court action against the premises.

The business located at 775A Anzac Parade in Maroubra Junction has development consent to provide therapeutic massage services but was found to be illegally providing sexual services.

Deputy Chief Magistrate Mottley from the Downing Centre Local Court handed down an $11,000 fine on Monday 21 May 2012 and ordered the property owner pay court costs of almost $7,000.

Operating a premises without the prior development consent of Council is an offence under s.125 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

Randwick Mayor Scott Nash said the court's decision should be a warning sign for all illegally operating premises.

"The community can be assured that Council will continue investigating and prosecuting property owners who flout Council development consents," Mayor Nash said.

Media enquiries: 
Katie Moses  0420 277 567   katie.moses@randwick.nsw.gov.au
Josh Hay  0402 351 459   joshua.hay@randwick.nsw.gov.au 

Date published: 23 May 2012