The Acacia Ridge Hotel is continuing its push to bring X-rated entertainment to the suburbs, re-applying to the Brisbane City Council for a license to provide sexually explicit entertainment, including strippers displaying full nudity. If permitted this would be the first venue of its kind outside Brisbane’s CBD area, creating a precedent for our suburbs where families live, to become places where women are treated as playthings for men. 

 The strong community resistance to the concept of strip clubs in the suburbs is for good reason. 

  • Strip clubs create no-go areas for women, and are responsible for increasing violence in the community.
  • Strip clubs depict the commercial sexual exploitation of women as acceptable, and even entertaining and glamorous.
  • Strip clubs harm the physical and mental health of women who strip, as well as the opportunities of all women who want equal sexual relationships with men.
  • Strip clubs create no-go areas for women, and are responsible for increasing violence in the community.
  • Strip clubs harm the status of women, fostering a culture which constructs and reinforces women’s inequality, promoting the notion that women are objects for sexual use rather than equal human beings.

 Rather than expanding this industry, it is time to follow the lead of progressive countries such as Sweden, France, Iceland, Canada and Northern Ireland who are banning strip clubs with the reasoning that ‘it is not acceptable that women or people in general are a product to be sold’.

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To the Lord Mayor and Councillors of Brisbane City

The petition of certain citizens of Brisbane City note that a development application has been submitted for a strip club at Acacia Ridge.

It has been the longstanding policy of the city that adult venues like strip clubs have not been permitted outside the central business district.

Strip clubs and other so-called 'adult' venues turn women into commodities.

They perpetuate old fashioned and outdated views about women, gender and sexuality.

Your petitioners humbly request that council rejects the development application.