The big town up the road from me, Kalgoorlie, is well known here in Oz for being a little rough. Being mainly a mining town, that’s not surprising.
Kalgoorlie sprung up as a gold mining town, and still has a working super pit on the edge of the town.
It also has the famous/infamous Hay Street brothel strip, a set of about six brothels lining one street, ranging from the “starting stalls” through to full rub and tug luxury joints.
Outside a starting stall.
Not surprisingly, the two industries tend to use each other quite a bit, despite moves in recent years to try and make the town more family friendly. After all, there’s not many places you can knock off work, knock back a few coldies while having a perv at a skimpy barmaid, then knock one off at a knocker shop…
For a long time, the town and coppers just pretended they weren’t there until they finally went legal. One of the more enterprising madams found a new way to milk a few dollars from tourists by offering brothel tours. Another became one of the local counselors.
So as you can imagine it takes a bit to drop the jaw of a local.
Last week saw that happen… more below the fold.
Now a lot of the workforce in Kal is fly in/fly out, or short term. Most of these blokes live in whats known as SPQs or single persons quarters. Usually, a single room within a small ablutions area (shared for the older ones) and a central mess area. Some of the bigger camps house 1000 blokes at a time. Ladies are a minority in town (and the few that are here know they’re a scarce commodity) which leaves a lot of blokes with a hard problem….
However, somehow, creeping though the council planning has come the stroke of genius/evil that left my missus gobsmacked.
Someone is building a new accommodation village/SPQ in Hay Street.
Between the brothels.
Directly adjacent to one.
All my missus could manage when she saw it was the words, “Oh, that’s just so WRONG,”… while I laughed at her reaction.
All they need now is a pub across the road and they wont have to move more than 500m to get everything they’re after.
The council seems a little defensive over this, my other half rand them, and they wouldn’t commit to a straight answer on weather it was an SPQ or not.
The mining industry tends to break up a lot of marriages/relationships, and somehow I cant see your missus/girlfriend finding out your accommodation borders a brothel is going to help that much.
Here’s the pics of the works in progress, as well as a couple of shots of the brothels either side.
I can see a small boom for divorce lawyers, private investigators, and the ladies of the night…
Or as Denny says, “It’s just so WRONG!!!”