Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Club-Goers Face Dressing Down If They Breach Code; Boardshorts and Thongs Allowed, but There's a Time and a Place

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Club-Goers Face Dressing Down If They Breach Code; Boardshorts and Thongs Allowed, but There's a Time and a Place

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Byline: HELEN JACK helen.jack@northernstar.com.au

STEVEN KELLY likes going to the Ballina RSL Club because he knows he can relax, play some Keno and have lunch in his boardshorts and thongs and not have to worry.

"I think it brings more people into the club because you can dress casually and relax," Mr Kelly, 29, of Ballina said.

"I have been coming to the Ballina RSL since I was 18, and the dress code has changed a lot since then. It has become stricter."

Mr Kelly said when he was younger people could wear boardshorts and thongs until 9pm at night, but the restriction now began at 7pm.

"I think that is a great idea because it gives the club a better atmosphere," he said.

Across the region, clubs allow men to wear boardshorts and thongs until the early evening, but patrons are then expected to wear covered footwear or dress sandals and smart casual clothes.

A coloured T-shirt or dress pants are not necessary, as long as their clothing is not dirty, ripped or tatty and has no offensive or obscene printing. …

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