WHILE Byron Bay is reeling from the news that a topless bar looks set to open in town, a Gold Coast agency representing topless waitresses says the town has already embraced the concept.
"We have five or six jobs a weekend booked in Byron Bay, all of them for our topless waitresses," said BJ, owner of Sexy Time Entertainment, based in Tugun.
BJ (who asked for his surname to remain private) said most of the gigs he sends his "girls" to are for stag or bucks nights, birthday parties or boating, golfing or fishing trips.
"We have 160 girls on our books from the Sunshine Coast to Byron Bay," he said.
Fees for a Sexy Time model range from $80 per hour for lingerie, $110 for topless through to $650 for a 30-minute Duo Toy Show.
"There's nothing demeaning about it. It's for fun. The girls make good money, and the guys get their fantasy," BJ, also a male stripper, said.
BJ's partner and topless waitress, Danielle, 21, agreed there was "nothing sleazy" about topless waitressing.
"There's no touching, and they have to pay up front, so if they touch you just leave with the money," she said.
Danielle started as a topless waitress three years ago to make ends meet while she was studying at university and said some weekends she could make as much as $2000 from the job.
She had done some modelling before being introduced to topless waitressing and from the money she earned paid to have a breast enhancement - changing from a bra cup size of A to a double D.
"This work has been a boost for my self-esteem and confidence," she said.
"We were nominated Australias best strip tease agency and bj was nominated Australias best male stripper."
Danielle said she had seen the owner of Byron Bay's rumoured new topless bar, The Bay at Byron, advertising for topless models on her Facebook profile,
The Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority said yesterday, however, it is "yet to receive an application for a transfer of liquor licence for the proposed operation of The Bay at Byron."