Nude-fest will be top class affair



IT'S just horses for courses. The proposed nudist festival near Cabarita Beach is nothing sensational, nothing salacious, not even necessarily sexy, say those involved.

Michael Kearney, the man in charge of paying the bills to maintain the Cabarita Beach Equestrian Grounds where hundreds, if not several thousand, partygoers are expected to frolic, reckons it is a golden opportunity to raise a few dollars.

"You'd have to be mad to say no to it," he said yesterday.

"We would have to sell a lot of cans of Coke and cups of hot chips to raise the amount of money we will be getting from that weekend."

Mr Kearney who is treasurer of the grounds committee and vice-president of the Round Mountain Pony Club yesterday joined organisers in responding to opponents trying to stop the three-day naturist frolic, describing them as a tiny minority.

Though declining to detail how much festival organisers would pay for the use of the grounds, Mr Kearney said the money would go towards new toilets, stables and general maintenance.

"It will help keep the facility open so there's somewhere for kids to go and ride their horses," he said.

But both Mr Kearney and festival organiser Raice Nicholls were at pains to point out children would not be on the grounds during the festival from April 22 to April 24.

It would be strictly 18 and over, and the grounds would be thoroughly screened.

Mr Nicholls said organisers would be buying all food and drink supplies locally.

"Yesterday we spoke to way over 100 people and rang every single business person we could get hold of on the phone," he said. "We could not find one single person against us."

He said the festival would be a quality event, with top musicians and bands, and chefs preparing up-market buffet meals.

"This is a full-on class act for people who just don't like wearing clothes," he added.



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