It’s hard to believe that in the middle of a strong community-based campaign to tackle alcohol-related problem behaviour in Byron Bay, some business people would propose the setting up of a topless bar in the centre of town, to stay open until 7am!
So it was a relief to see that the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority has called for a community impact statement in its assessment of the application of a liquor licence transfer to enable the bar, as has been reported recently.
It’s time for people who are concerned about the future of the town to show their support for mayor Simon Richardson in his urging of Byron Council to make a submission that the bar is not in the public interest.
Surely it’s not wowserish to feel, as Simon does, that topless bars, like wet T-shirt competitions and jelly wrestling ‘are demeaning to women and lower the town’s reputation’.
Isn’t it obvious that the kind of disturbing behaviour that the town is subjected to every weekend is going to be exacerbated by having intoxicated men, sexually aroused by ogling semi-naked women behind the bar, out on the street at night?
Is this the kind of tourism that we want to encourage? Let’s all make submissions to the community impact statement and encourage all our contacts to do the same at firstname.lastname@example.org,
Christine Willmot, Sunrise Beach