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April 23, 2021

Nude-beach abusers are on notice

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I’d just like to say a huge thank you to all the people who emailed, called, wrote letters or turned up at the council chambers to let councillors know how they felt about nude bathing and the recent spate of incidents at Tyagarah.

It was a difficult but necessary debate but I think the mayor summed it up well when he said that between the protection of two freedoms, that of being able to swim naked and not having to suffer sexual harassment at the beach, the latter trumps the former hands down.

None of the councillors object to nudity and I don’t believe anything will change for those who discreetly slip of their dacks and go for a skinny dip. They are no threat to anyone.

Those who abuse the privilege of a secluded nude beach to prey on unsuspecting beach goers, you are on notice. The stricter controls at Tyagarah, with signage within two weeks that will clearly stipulate the 800 metres, 200 metres to the south of the Grays Lane beach access , are a trial.

I would encourage people to let police know immediately of any predatory or threatening behaviour they encounter, there or at any other beach.

Let’s reclaim a sense of safety on our shores.

 


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4 COMMENTS

  1. Yay – finally – thank goodness!
    I walk on that beach each day and have to avert my eyes (for fear that actually looking a naturalist in the eye that he may take it as a come on!)
    Happy for naturalists to enjoy the sun and wind on their bits – lovely feeling.
    But when you start sexually harrasing me personally or perform lewd acts in front of me – NOT ACCEPTABLE.

    Great to hear clear guidelines are being put up at Sunrise beach – for some reason the naturalists think that Tyagarah nudity means they can walk the near kilometre down to Sunrise and have the same rules apply.
    No they don’t.

    You walk over the rise at Sunrise and right there, middle aged, portly men standing around waving their ‘things’ in your face – eeeewwww!
    It’s nude further up – don’t sully our freedom by pretending you don’t know it’s only at Tyagara!

    Thanks for finally taking action.

  2. Good on you Cr Nidaye, I welcome the day when nudity is allowed at the lakes and back to the car park and north to Brunswick heads but yes I want more than tha to get rid if of the pathetic creeps who come down from the Gold Coast and misbehave. So if we have to demarcate the area so we can catch out the creeps I’m all for it. Therefore in the short term maybe this sacrifice will be worth it. Nudity is natural, not lewd, but for some they seem to have a problem, and hopefully they will be arrested.
    .

  3. I agree… Nude isn’t lewd. It’s just naked. Being naked, doesn’t say you want to have sex, or be filmed by someone without permission.

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