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April 23, 2021

Clothes-optional common sense

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Gwen Gould, Tyagarah.

I have been fence sitting on the matter of optional clothing at Tyagarah as I like to think we live in a free and open community and I did not want to see another restriction put on our freedom.

I have enjoyed swimming at Tyagarah beach naked for many years but along with that are the hassles.

Recently I went to the beach early in the morning fully clothed to enjoy my morning cup of tea. Within three minutes I had an overweight naked man standing in front of me displaying his all, not conducive to enjoying the clean fresh crisp morning and quiet space.

I finished up with an acid stomach and irritated at having to once again deal with inappropriate predatory behaviour.

At Council yesterday I was expecting Councillor Spooner to be speaking about changing Tyagarah’s clothes-optional status.

Instead I was dumbfounded at the suggestion that it might be extended further along the beach, which in my opinion would just make the situation worse.

The idea of putting up signs clearly indicating the clothes optional area for a three-month trial was some much-needed common sense. After all, we can’t expect the police to be there 24/7.

I am reluctant to admit that closing the whole area down may be the only safe option as to think after our experiences that to have an isolated beach clothes option safe and hassle free is an oxymoron. I will be encouraging all women to take a loud whistle with them to the beach and hope that others on the beach will be proactive in deterring bad behaviour.


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