Rally falls flat
ORGANISERS of Cabarita's nude music festival will be hoping for far bigger crowds than those at yesterday's hastily organised rally to protest against the controversial event.
The protesters had hoped for a crowd of more than 100 people, but a little less than half that number turned out at the proposed Cabarita Pony Club venue to voice their disgust.
Rally organiser Jo Bowden attributed the small turnout to a general lack of awareness about the festival and the 5pm timing which stopped workers from attending, and remained positive their objections would be heard.
Ms Bowden said she was not against nudity, but for organisers to choose a site which was a focal point for young children was irresposible and inappropriate.
"I don't have a problem with anyone having a bit of fun but they can do it somewhere else outside school holidays," she said.
Among outraged pony club members to speak out was founding member Sis Everingham, who said she would not sit by and allow out-of-town promoters to turn it into a "perves paradise" overnight.
Protesters were also outraged at some of the explicit chat-room gossip on the Raw at Cabarita website, and were further inflamed when a passenger in a Queensland registered car bared his backside out of the window as it drove by.
"We can expect more of this outrageous behaviour during the festival," one of the protesters predicted.
Another speaker, Anne Everingham, said parents were terrified of the perves and deviants that were being encouraged into the Cabarita community.
Festival organiser Raice Nicholls said he was not surprised by the small turnout.
"Everyone we speak to in the streets and in businesses is overwhelmingly in favor of this three-day event," said Mr Nicholls.