The idea of a topless bar is being almost universally condemned as an insult to women, and a further threat to the safely and quality of life in Byron Bay. Anyone keen to be topless should feel free to rip off their shirt in the comfort on their own home. But the notion that Byron would host a space where groups of men pay to come and drink and watch topless women belongs in the distant past. Given the level of anger about this proposal, and the myriad arguments against such pathetic and dangerous profit-driven sleaze, it’s highly likely reason will prevail. But let’s make sure our views, arguments, and evidence are heard loudly and clearly through the forthcoming Community Impact Statement that will be overseen by the state liquor authorities.
Ray Moynihan, Byron Bay