Friday, April 28, 2006

Sydney Mayor "Outed" as Naturist

Our new favourite Sydney mayor is … drum roll, please … Ted Seng, nudist. It's true. It was in his local paper and everything, tucked away on this week's letters page: "Randwick City Mayor Ted Seng himself is a naturist."

We asked the signatory, Gerald Ganglbauer, a pusher of nudie nights at swimming pools and general promoter of nude beaches, for evidence. Had he seen Seng on the beach, naked? "We've seen him, he admits it," he said, "and there's nothing wrong with that."

Except that the Local Government Act says anyone "in public view in the nude" risks a penalty of $1100 at all but five NSW beaches. Little Congwong Beach at La Perouse is not one of them but it's where Ganglbauer spotted the mayor.

The council didn't get back to us to confirm, but if you want more evidence, try this email sent by Cr Seng himself to Ganglbauer about the campaign to denude Little Congwong:

"Hi Gerard, You'd be surprised to know that I'm a naturist myself. The last time my girfriend [sic] and I were there we had a nice relaxing time. We didn't encounter any problem whatsoever. I suffer from rhumatism [sic] and sunlight is good for the bones, apparently so. I'd like to speak to you on the phone before I take up this matter further as its [sic] a pretty controversial issue. There are some members of the public who strongly oppose it being a nudist beach."


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