Tweed Daily News

Jobs galore at iBar

WHILE the economic crisis has lowered employment prospects across the country, “well-presented and reliable” women need not worry - there are still jobs going at Tweed's iBar.

The only catch is you have to leave your drug habit, along with your inhibitions, at the door.

Causing controversy in the past for boldly advertising “lap dances with the hottest chicks on the coast”, the adult restaurant and bar is now seeking “drug-free” staff to accompany its clients on outings.

New advertisements, which appeared on a major job recruitment website yesterday, say: “Lic. Adult Bar looking for well-presented, drug-free, reliable staff to accompany our clients on various outings. (Very lucrative).”

A woman who alerted the Tweed Daily News to the advertisement said she contacted the iBar to enquire about the positions and was told the business was seeking dancers, bar staff and a door person.

The woman, who did not want to be identified, said no specific details were provided about the “outings” with clients or what they would entail.

When she asked about the “drug-free” part, the woman was told that people affected by drugs or who would bring drugs to work with them were not welcome in the positions.

The Tweed Daily News con- tacted iBar owner “Warren” yesterday, however he did not wish to comment on the new positions advertised.

Member for Tweed Geoff Provest, who believes the Wharf Street location is an “inappropriate” place for a lap dance business, said he was concerned about the iBar's new advertisements.

He said he would contact the NSW Minister for Gaming, Kevin Greene, and ask him to conduct a fresh investigation into the iBar's operations.

The first investigation, carried out last month, found the business was complying with its liquor licence.

But Mr Provest believes the iBar's use of women touting on the street and its new advertisements are cause for another inquiry.

“Regardless of whether it's illegal or not, at the end of the day the community has expressed concerns about it,” he said.

Tweed police say they have been keeping close watch over the iBar since it became an adult establishment.

Tweed Shire Council has also been investigating the business, which it says was only approved to operate as a restaurant.

Vince Connell, council's director of planning and regulation, yesterday released a statement which said council was seeking a new development application from the iBar.

“In accordance with advice from council's solicitors, council officers have requested the proponents of the iBar to lodge a development application for the current operations for a restaurant and place of public entertainment.

“The officers are of the opinion that the current operations vary from a previous development approval.

“It is expected that a report on this application will be reported back to council for their determination and instructions on any subsequent legal action.”

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