Councillors leave it to the people to decide

NUDE or prude? That was the question to which Tweed councillors yesterday found a very cautious answer.

They cleared the way for promoters of a three-day nudist music festival near Cabarita Beach to lodge a development application but added a catch-clause.

Festival promoters must publicly advertise the development application for the "nude not rude" Raw at Cabarita festival for one week once it is lodged.

Some councillors felt that would stonewall the unprecedented frolic organisers' hope to hold on the councilcontrolled Round Mountain Pony Club Grounds from Friday April 22 to Sunday April 24.

"The ball is in their court," said Tweed Mayor Warren Polglase.

Councillors Max Boyd and Gavin Lawrie dissented.

"I'm a bit of a prude myself," said Cr Boyd . "I've had a few phone calls and it would appear a lot of local people under no circumstances want something like this to happen."

Organiser Raice Nicholls later said the condition presented no problem, expressing confidence final approval would be a mere formality.

"We are going to do it every year," he vowed. "It will put Cabarita on the map."

The event he added would cater for "people we call backyard nudists who never really go out socially nude."

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