Strippers lift covers on the industry amid licensing debate

Strippers at  The Boardroom Bar, Gladstone.
Strippers at The Boardroom Bar, Gladstone. Brenda Strong

WE'RE not marriage wreckers.

Gladstone's strippers delivered their united message on Friday as the feathers continued to fly over a second strip club for the City.

Despite being opposed to a second strip club, The Boardroom Bar employees hit out against claims their industry lured men from their wives and threatened family values.

"Women should be more threatened when men go to clubs than strip clubs," said a married dancer at The Boardroom Bar who goes by the stage name of Nicki.

"We're not going to sleep with your boyfriends.

"We're not a threat to relationships."

Nicki's fly-in-fly-out arrangement with The Boardroom Bar brings her to Gladstone for two weeks in every six.

The Canadian-born university graduate lives on the Gold Coast, where she also works at Hollywood Showgirls strip club.

She said people who criticised her industry don't know it very well.

You can't give a lap dance for three hours, you'd exhaust yourself.

"We're providing an illusion, right?," she said.

"It's a suspension of reality.

"They come to get away from the average, ordinary life."

Nicki said a big part of the job was being a friendly companion.

"I spend way more time listening than I do sexy dancing," she said.

"You can't give a lap dance for three hours, you'd exhaust yourself."

The Boardroom Bar employs between 12 and 14 female strippers at any one time - a total of 60 women.

"It's excellent money and it's a super fun job," said a dancer who asked to be referred to as Stevie.

"I have freedom and flexibility.

"I think it's nice to have fun with the clients. We're sort of at a party all the time.".

Dancing was a good cardio workout and kept her fit, Stevie said.

Stevie also lives on the Gold Coast and has worked at The Boardroom for the past two years.

The 29-year-old qualified beautician plans to retire from dancing soon and either continue with a career in beauty or study zoology.

Stevie is one of Gladstone's existing strippers who is opposed to the second club.

"I personally think approving a second venue would totally impact on my earning potential," she said.

"I didn't become a dancer to earn shitty money."



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