Meat and hedge for the na­ture strip­per

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - KIRSTIN PAYNE

A GOLD Coast firm fa­mous for its naked clean­ing ser­vice is cul­ti­vat­ing a new mar­ket, now let­ting it all hang out in the gar­den – and there is noth­ing prun­ing prudes can do about it.

Bare All Clean­ers, which gained na­tional at­ten­tion for hir­ing out nude clean­ers to dust and vacuum, is start­ing Bare All Gar­den­ers to look after back­yard gar­dens and clean pools.

Founder Brett Jones said the clean­ing ser­vice’s strict no­touch­ing rule would also ap­ply to the gar­den­ers.

The ser­vice, only avail­able for pri­vate yards, had al­ready at­tracted book­ings.

At the mo­ment the gar­den­ers are male, but Mr Jones said women would also be em­ployed to tend plants and mow lawns.

“It is about pro­vid­ing the ser­vice in the pri­vacy of their own prop­erty. They aren’t go­ing to be out in front yards, a na­ture strip or any­thing like that,’’ he said.

“Ob­vi­ously it comes down to com­mon sense. There will also be chaps (worn by gar­den­ers), or they can go shirt­less.

“It all just de­pends on what is suitable and what the book­ing client wants. Wher­ever pos­si­ble they will nude up.”

Mr Jones said there was an em­pha­sis on safety.

“We re­alise there are some el­e­ments like whip­per-snip­ping you can’t do fully nude, but you cer­tainly can plant, prune hedges or clean the pool,” he said.

The gar­den­ing ser­vice would be launched on Mon­day and op­er­ate from By­ron north to Noosa.

“At the end of the day they are there to do a pro­fes­sional gar­den­ing job,’’ he said.

“If peo­ple don’t like it they don’t have to use it. We re­alise it isn’t every­one’s cup of tea but it is fill­ing a gap in the mar­ket.”

Un­der the Queens­land crim­i­nal code, wil­ful ex­po­sure is de­fined as some­one ex­pos­ing his or her gen­i­talia in a pub­lic place with­out rea­son­able ex­cuse. A per­son must also not al­low their gen­i­tals to be seen from a pub­lic place, like the street.

Mr Jones said he did not an­tic­i­pate le­gal prob­lems be­cause the gar­den­ers would be in pri­vate yards.

But lead­ing Gold Coast crim­i­nal lawyer Michael Gatenby, of Gatenby Lawyers, said the prac­tice could be “fraught with po­ten­tial prob­lems”.

“There is an of­fence where if some­one can be seen from a pub­lic place they can face up to 12 months im­pris­on­ment,” he said.

A pub­lic place could po­ten­tially be con­sid­ered a com­mu­nal area in a high rise or ad­join­ing homes.

When it came to the view from one yard into an­other, Mr Gatenby said there were only civil av­enues for neigh­bours to pur­sue if they were up­set.

“If they are in a back yard where they could not be seen from a pub­lic place, that would po­ten­tial­ity be OK un­der the crim­i­nal code. How­ever there are civil av­enues such as an on­go­ing com­plaint of nui­sance,” he said.

“There may also be dif­fi­cul­ties when it comes to pro­vi­sions un­der lo­cal laws, which stip­u­late against dis­turb­ing the peace in cer­tain ways.’’

Health and safety con­sul­tant Me­lan­nie McKeough, of Ma­sula Com­pli­ance, said sun safety would be on top of the list of things to con­sider.

“There is noth­ing that says that work­ers have to be dressed, re­ally just based on risk as­sess­ment,” she said. “(But) they need to con­sider things like sun safety, which may be a big is­sue while un­dressed, ex­po­sure to chem­i­cals and po­ten­tial cuts.”

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