Erotic Massage set to be an even Bigger Industry in Sydney

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Chris Seage, owner of Brothel Busters, a consulting firm which investigates illegal brothels on behalf of councils and the legal brothel industry through undercover sex has called it quits as closures proved to be too hard.

For almost 10 years, Chris’ team on behalf of councils and the legal brothel industry has conducted surveillance on illegal brothels. In his company’s years of operation, it had more than 60 brothel closure orders issued across 16 council areas.

Since the legalisation of the sex industry in the 90s, the number of illegal brothels operating in NSW has exploded spawning a major headache for local councils and the state government. They are everywhere and what’s bothersome is that most of these establishments present themselves as health and therapeutic massage businesses.

Shutting an illegal brothel down has proven to be a very challenging task for a council. Since the authorities have very limited power to access premises without a court order, they are forced to pay private investigators to go undercover and report back with their evidence. And despite a comprehensive private investigator’s report obtaining proof of sex work, the council still has struggled to shut illegal brothels down.

Councils are basically failing to cope up with this illegal brothel crisis, especially with many of these establishments popping up like mushrooms and operating out of residential apartments. In fact, even when operations of these kinds are detected, it is still extremely difficult for councils to enforce orders against them.

Keeping track of what’s going on in the industry is tough, especially with the number of illegal brothels and private escorts operating under the radar. It looks like the system has long been collapsing because of our ungoverned sex industry.

Mr. Seage probably saw it coming. Unfortunately, his mission of cleaning up the industry and closing illegal establishments down has failed. He has given up as he doesn’t see any possible legal way to shut illegal brothels down at the moment, especially when judges are not convinced of the evidences presented.

With Chris Seage shutting down operations, erotic massage parlours are set to be an even bigger industry in Sydney.

 

Chlamydia Epidemic Haunts Sydney

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The diagnosis rate of Chlamydia infection has risen dramatically in Australia and it remains to be the most common and most frequently reported sexually transmitted infection which affects the young heterosexuals.

In Sydney, the Chlamydia rate has reached epidemic levels among young people as young as 12 years old. The rate of infection is recorded four times greater in remote areas where 81% of the reported cases are in the 15-24 age bracket.

Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted infection caused by Chlamydia trachomatis, a very small parasitic bacterium which can infect both men and women. It’s contagious and can be transmitted through unprotected sexual contact and be passed through vaginal, anal, and oral sex. Bacteria of this type can cause serious and permanent damage to a woman’s reproductive system which can lead to infertility and increase risk of ectopic pregnancy.

chlamydia can be prevented through protected sexChlamydia is easily treated with antibiotics but, in many cases, chlamydia causes only mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. Those who are infected may not even be aware that they have the infection and as a result, the infection can last for weeks or months before it’s discovered. Because there are no early symptoms, most people affected do not get treated until complications have emerged. Since up to 80% of chlamydia infections are asymptomatic, screening is the only effective way to detect the majority of cases and to provide treatment. A simple swab or urine test will determine if you have Chlamydia.

Because chlamydia is spread through sexual contact, the best way to prevent it is to abstain from having sex or by practicing safe sex. Condoms decrease the risk of STIs, including chlamydia. It’s also important to know that sexual contact with multiple partners or with someone with multiple partners increase the risk of contracting any sexually transmitted infection.

Once a young person becomes sexually active, it’s essential that he or she be screened yearly for chlamydia and other sexually transmitted infections. This is important whether symptoms of an infection are present or not. There are institutions in Sydney that offer free sexual health services to young people, especially those who can’t afford it.

The rise of STIs such as chlamydia in Sydney particularly with younger people is alarming. It’s really sad when you hear young people testing positive for sexually transmitted infections because they engage in unprotected sex. It’s important now more than ever that the safe sex message is conveyed at school and at home, and hopefully more young people realise the importance of practicing safe sex to prevent some serious health threats and to stop this cycle.

Burlesque might save Kings Cross Red Light District

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Is there room now for nostalgia (of the post-millennial variety) in the legislatively diminished shadows of Sydney’s once-famous Kings Cross red light district?

According to an article in the Sydney Morning Herald it may be burlesque which breathes some life, colour and indeed culture back into The Cross.

A new $250,000 Boho burlesque show featuring burlesque, acrobats, Les Girls-style drag, dance, comedians, an LED-lit hula hooper and circus performers has just been launched in the Cross as a weekly Friday event, writes Jimmy Thomson, the Herald’s “Flat Chat” columnist.

The X Show will run at Ron Creevey’s newly-launched X Studio over the famous Coca Cola sign.

Kings Cross has been hard-hit by the NSW government’s lock-out laws, imposed after two one-punch deaths, which take effect at 1.30am, with last drinks at 3am.

The show’s program is designed to evoke memories of the old heyday of Kings Cross, when Carlotta starred in Les Girls every week, Peter Finch performed on radio and TV down the road in Rushcutters Bay, Chips Rafferty was a local and the area was a bohemian hub for writers, artists and jazz musicians.

More info on Kings Cross burlesque can also be found on this website http://www.kingsxwhisper.com.au

 

New Years Eve

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New Year’s Eve fireworks on the Sydney Harbour Bridge and other areas surrounding Sydney Harbour are arguably the greatest Sydney night event going around …

Certainly it’s as world-famous as NYE fireworks displays get, by virtue of the fact it’s one of the first great cities to herald in the new year. Okay, Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington get there first but Sydney is the one that’s on the global New Years Eve radar year after year.

It’s so vital to get the best spots that the City of Sydney local government has even created a website about New Years Eve so punters can perch themselves on the best vantage points www.sydneynewyearseve.com

Best Sydney New Years Events

Opera Australia

480 Elizabeth Street

Surry Hills NSW 2010

+ 61 2 9699 1099

https://opera.org.au/sydney/new_years_eve

Enjoy the New Year’s Eve with an amazing overlooking view in the city and the harbor bridge at Opera Australia making it a perfect destination when you want to look at the fireworks display. Sydney Opera House remains open well past the midnight fireworks making it a great place to unwind, stay and spend the New Year.

Captain Cook Cruises

Pier 26, Aquarium Wharf,

Darling Harbour NSW 2000

+61 2 9206 1111

http://www.captaincook.com.au/sydney-harbour-cruises/whats-on-in-sydney/new-years-eve/

Sydney’s harbour is a perfect place to spend the New Year away. Watch the fireworks display in full motion while enjoying a show, club, or sky deck dinner available at Captain Cook Cruises. Definitely try check out their New Year cruises for that unforgettable experience on New Year’s Eve.

Rio Brazilian Steakhouse

Level 1, 29 Phillip Street,

Parramatta, NSW

+61 2 9687 7125

http://www.rios.com.au/NewYearsEveDinnerMenu.htm

Have a filling and satisfying meal while waiting for the New Year to come at Rio Brazilian Steakhouse. Their New Year’s Eve BBQ Menu is filled to the brim with a diverse range of salads, sides, dips & sauces, appetizers & starters and more. Kids under the age of 3 have free access to Rio’s Brazilian Show & DJ which starts at 8:30pm onwards.

NYE Under the Stars

Tarpeian Precinct Lawn – Royal Botanic Garden

Sydney NSW 2000

+61 2 8023 7645

http://www.nyeunderthestars.com.au/

Enjoy waiting for the New Year’s Eve with ultimate vantage point for Sydney’s world-class fireworks display at NYE Under the Stars. Premium all-inclusive food & beverage package are available from 7pm onwards to keep their guests busy which also has DJ sounds and a live broadcast till midnight.

The Star

80 Pyrmont Street,

Sydney Australia 2009

02 9777 9000

http://www.star.com.au/

The Star provides their guests and visitors with the facilities and amenities to keep themselves busy while waiting for the New Year’s Eve to come. Hold your New Year’s Eve party with you and your friends at The Star. Their nightclub and bars gives diverse options to cater to the taste and preferences of different individuals.

Parties

NYE Party at the House

Western Broadwalk

Opera House, Sydney, Australia

+61 2 8274 9600

http://www.nyepartyatthehouse.com/

Enjoy the sights of sounds of Sydney as you spend the remaining of the year partying at NYE Party at the House. Party all night with group of friends and enjoy the delicious canapés served fresh at their establishment.

Harbour Party

Luna Park Sydney 1 Olympic Drive

Milsons Point, NSW, 2061

http://harbourparty.com/

Find a huge selection of activities as you wait for the New Year to come at Harbour Party. Their diverse range of performers keeps the night active and lively. If dancing is not much your liking, you can spend the rest of the night with unlimited rides and attractions at Luna Park perfect for children.

Opera Bar

Lower Concourse Level, Sydney Opera House,

Sydney New South Wales 2000

+61 2 9247 1666

http://operabar.com.au/nye

The Opera Bar has been holding New Year’s Eve parties for 12 years running and has been a sell-out event ever since. Enjoy a tropical view at atmosphere with palm trees abound as you dance the night away. Live entertainment is provided with a 5-hour canapé package with an express VIP entry onto Sydney Opera House site.

Sydney Harbour Escapes

Rose Bay Marina 594

New South Head Rd NSW 2029

+61 2 9328 4748

https://www.sydneyharbourescapes.com.au/boat-fleets/new-years-eve-cruises

Party with your friends as you spend the rest of the evening waiting for the New Year to come at Sydney Harbour Escapes. If you want to avoid the busy and crowded streets of the metro, perhaps a harbour cruise will be your liking which provides food and drinks and is able to hold a considerable number of people.

NYE at Bennelong

1 Macquarie Street East

Circular Quay Sydney 2000

+61 2 9240 2255

http://www.ariacatering.com.au/nye-at-bennelong

Enjoy a magical evening as your party all night with your friends and your loved ones. The NYE at Bennelong event is complete with a substantial amount of canapé as well as a great viewpoint for the New Year’s Eve fireworks display with their exclusive a first-class viewing platform found in their balcony.

Parkes Elvis Festival

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In its 22nd year, the Parkes Elvis Festival has cemented Parkes, Central West NSW, as the Elvis Capital of Australia.

The town comes alive for 5 days in the 2nd week of January every year, to coincide with Elvis’ birthday, this year what would have been his 80th.

Events during the Parkes Elvis Festival are many and varied, ranging from bingo to markets, exhibitions to busking, a motor show to street parade and of course more Elvis tribute performances than any single person can attend.

In fact every night from Wednesday 7th January to Sunday 11th sees every venue in Parkes from school halls to hotels and stages in Parks to local clubs, host concerts of Elvis impersonators and artists from the era.

The population of Parkes will be more than doubled during the Festival but everyone loves the spectacle.

Visitors and locals alike dress for the occasion so that the streets and venues are crowded with Elvis and Priscilla look-a-likes.

Much of the entertainment is free, occurring in the parks and on the streets of town for all to enjoy.

Some activities proceed every day of the festival, like the busking competition which sees Elvis wannabees and other performers bring the pavements of Parkes to life, the Elvis Festival Markets where aficionados can purchase Elvis memorabilia or rock’n’roll gear and The Kings Castle Elvis Museum that holds an incredible collection of genuine Elvis artefacts belonging to or associated with the King himself.

Getting to Parkes and finding accommodation for the Festival is no easy task!

The Elvis Express, a themed train from Sydney to Parkes is extremely popular and sells out quickly.

All the hotels and motels in Parkes are booked out months ahead of the Festival and even the neighbouring towns up to 50 km away find themselves full during the Festival.

One of the greatest challenges for people who leave their planning too late is the issue of Parkes Elvis Festival accommodation as most of the hotels and motels are booked out months in advance.

One chance to travel from Sydney to attend all day Saturday, the climax of the Festival, as well as the very popular Elvis Gospel service on Sunday morning and have accommodation organised, is to join the inaugural Aussie Farmstay and Bush Adventures Parkes Elvis Festival and Aussie Farmstay Tour.

Experience the highlights of rural New South Wales on this tour which includes a Farmstay on an historic family run sheep farm, a Blue Mountains Adventure with visits to Mountains’ attractions and all the fun of the Elvis Parkes Festival.

Bars in Newtown

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Bars In Newtown (and surrounds)

The most biased view of places to go drinking in Newtown you’ve probably ever seen. Read ’em and weep!

 

The Midnight Special

44 Enmore Road

www.themidnightspecial.com.au

The Midnight Special is one of the Inner Wests best small bars. It’s intimate with gloomy lighting and a large range of music being played, often times by local DJs on vinyl too, as I guess much of the area is. Awesome hotdogs alongside an intriguing mix of cocktails. Favourite memory? Drinking Martinis and listening to a ska version of the James Bond theme which inspired me to be classy and stumble out into the street looking to get tattooed. Good times.

 

Corridor

153a King St

www.corridorbar.com.au

An aptly named small bar which hides the fact that there’s rooftop space available, a nice mix of drinks and friendly staff, but exceptional cocktails. Get here in the early afternoon to grab a great space, because they get busy whether it’s warm or winter.

 

Blacksheep

256 King St

www.blacksheepbar.com.au

Large deer head on the wall, chandeliers from the ceiling, general classiness, it’s kind of a shock if you’re used to wasting time at the Townie. They have curly fries and sliders. Yes! What’s more they have an old Nintendo out back. Favourite memory? Smashing some burgers, having a cocktail and being a Nintendo champion.

 

The Hive Bar

93 Erskineville Road

Unsurprisingly this place is in Erskineville, being on Erskineville road, but well worth the short walk down. Bars upstairs and downstairs and perpetually busy but with a super laid back feel, the place to come during the day while you’ve got some time to waste. Favourite Memory? Pedro, the infamous northern soul dancer, trying to make me dance, no luck bud, I’m made for drinking and not much else.

 

Newtown Social Club

387 King St

I don’t go here. There’s nothing wrong with it. I just like playing in the dirt. Favourite memory? When it was the Sando. No offence.

 

Kelly’s on King

285 King St

This is the place where literally 50% of all adventures happen. I’ve partied here too many times to count and so has everyone! Kelly’s is open late, drinks are nicely priced and they have a large but simple range, and they’re willing to play. Not many places round these parts will sell you an Irish Car Bomb cocktail. Favourite Memories? Anything revolving around Irish car bombs, or being the one to hold yours down.

 

Miss Peaches

201 Missenden Road

www.misspeaches.com.au

Setup to be something like a deep American south experience, I’ve personally never been, I can’t really judge the place on authenticity. But the reason this place is worth a mention is because it is different, the food is different (spice coated shrimp and popcorn), and they make their own soda. There are dancing classes too. I don’t dance.

 

Mary’s

6 Mary Street

This place is a bit hit or miss depending upon what you’re looking for, like loud music and burgers, fried chicken etc. Cool. Like hearing what your friends are saying and reasonably priced food not of the Hungry Jacks variety? Then you might not be into it. I can go either way on any given night, mainly cos I enjoy the odd Jack Attack (trademark pending) and there isn’t one close enough to me. Favourite Memory? Closing my eyes and thinking of HJ’s. More of a general statement really.

Natural Night Highlights of Sydney

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Naturally enough, Sydney is an attractive city precisely because of nature. The natural beauty of Sydney Harbour, while stunning by day, is even more evocative by night.

The greatest time of all to visit Sydney for its visual night delights is December-January when, apart from the explosive vision of the Sydney Harbour Bridge haemorrhaging fireworks, there’s firework displays seemingly every night due to the proliferation of Carols By Candlelight in every suburban park leading up until Christmas, followed by a great final summer firework show at Darling Harbour on the night of Australia Day.

However there is now a night event to rival December-January and this is the winter night event Vivid Sydney an outdoor festival of light which is utterly enchanting.