Byron’s only official clothing-optional beach looks set to remain so after the shire’s mayor spoke out in favour of nude bathing yesterday and said he had been known to take the odd skinny-dip himself.
Mayor Simon Richardson told Echonetdaily he did not support a staff recommendation that the official clothing-optional status of Tyagarah Nature Reserve be revoked.
Cr Richardson said he was a fan of nude bathing and wishes all beaches were clothing optional.
‘As someone who did not wear clothes in the ocean for well over a decade and only wore shorts when I started teaching in the area, and thus had students walking past on the beach to consider, I support all beaches being clothes optional,’ he told Echonetdaily.
‘Certainly if areas had to be designated, I would support their being as close to the public as possible as this may decrease predatory and antisocial behaviour. This is similar to hiding skate parks away from the population and getting the resultant antisocial behaviour.’
Cr Richardson said that, as a compromise, he would support the reference to Tyagarah Nature Reserve being clothing-optional removed from the council’s website.
The report will be considered at today’s Byron Shire Council meeting.