Wayne Penn, Binna Burra.
Dogs and horses have more beach set aside for them in Byron Shire than naturists.
With more than 40 kilometres of coastline, the council has designated just 800 metres for naturists – and with the nearest car park now 200 metres away, accessibility is denied all but the able bodied.
The riding schools and Elements resort appear hell-bent on closing down the naturist beach – and why wouldn’t they? They have a financial interest to look after.
The quite reasonable desire to control sexual predators on our beaches has turned into an open season on naturists – and not all of us are going to sit by and let that happen.
Naturists care for the beach and pick up after others while horses trample the dunes and poop on the beach.
Signage is ludicrously lacking in most areas but the police use it in justifying their actions and fining people $500, even when there are no notices for many kilometres.
This so-called ‘zero tolerance’ approach, announced by chief inspector Luke Arthurs, has resulted in bullying and humiliation by police officers of people who were caught (almost certainly inadvertently) ‘out of bounds’.
The police need to call off their attack dogs and start talking to naturists like human beings.