16.1 C
Byron Shire
May 9, 2021

Second Nude Ain’t Rude Rally on the cards

Latest News

Join Clarkes Beach paddle out this weekend to stop massive oil and gas field project

Hundreds of local surfers and water-lovers will paddle out at Clarke’s Beach over the weekend to protest against a massive oil and gas field proposed for the NSW coast.

Other News

Independent wants to be Byron’s new mayor

Independent Byron Shire Councillor Basil Cameron has announced his candidature for Mayor.

Join Clarkes Beach paddle out this weekend to stop massive oil and gas field project

Hundreds of local surfers and water-lovers will paddle out at Clarke’s Beach over the weekend to protest against a massive oil and gas field proposed for the NSW coast.

Father of Julian Assange to speak on the Northern Rivers this week

Northern Rivers residents can hear Mr Shipton in person at the Courthouse Hotel this Tuesday, May 4, from 7pm as part of the monthly Turning Point Talks.

On-farm restaurant’s sustainable vision

Frida’s Field is an on-farm restaurant based in Nashua, just ten minutes from Bangalow. Hosting three long lunches per...

Meet local firies and save lives, including your own

Meeting local firefighters and learning about home fire prevention is really important and more so in recent times and into the future.

Houses without smoke detectors very alarming

Fire & Rescue NSW is always busy and the nation-wide fires in recent years have highlighted the importance and value of our firefighters.

The 1998 Australia Day Nude Ain’t Rude rally on Belongil beach. Photo Jeff Dawson

Mullumbimby activist Dean Jefferys says Byron could soon see the second Nude Ain’t Rude rally in 20 years if his meeting with police on Thursday does not produce results.

He said he was looking for answers from the police about their ‘zero tolerance’ approach to nudity outside the Byron Shire Council’s declared clothing-optional area at Tyagarah, adding ‘plenty of people who wouldn’t describe themselves as nudists or naturists like a quick skinny dip now and again’.

Mr Jefferys said the police had a ‘blinkered approach’ to the issue of sexual harassment on the shire’s beaches meaning ‘now anyone who is naked is a target’.

‘They should be policing cases of lurid sexual behavior, which is what the complaints have been about.

‘I’ve heard people have phoned cops when someone is wanking in the bushes – and they just haven’t turned up,’ he said.

Meanwhile Mr Jefferys is recommending people who want take the occasional skinny dip avoid the area between Brunswick Heads and Byron Bay.

‘In my view all the beaches in the shire should be clothes optional except the populated, flagged areas,’ he said.

Closed shop

Mr Jefferys was also critical of the Safe Beaches Committee, a group set up to oversee the remaining 800 metres of clothing optional beach in the shire, and made up of representatives from police, council, a naturist group, Tyagarah residents and Elements resort.

‘I don’t feel there’s representation of the general community on Safe Beaches,’ he told Echonetdaily.

‘I couldn’t find out how to get invited [to last week’s meeting] and one of the residents who did go told me she “wasn’t allowed to talk about it”,’ he added.

‘There needs to be a more broadly representative group than Safe Beaches*,’ he said. ‘It seems like it’s a closed shop.’

Hassled in nude area

Meanwhile a man says he has been harassed by police within the 800-metre clothing optional beach at Tyagarah.

Echonetdaily reader, Mr D James, said he felt threatened after a 4WD police car followed him as he walked naked along the legal stretch of beach.#

The 4WD pulled up nearby, with one officer repeatedly demanding, ‘Where have you come from?’ Mr James said.

He described the officers as staring at him in a manner that made him ‘uneasy’.

‘I wanted to let him know that I’m part of a group of locals that is working hard to keep this beach clothing optional,’ he said, adding it was only when he told them ‘I’m one of the good guys’ that they ‘slowly unlocked their stare and focused back towards the almost empty beach.’

*Echonetdaily has requested to see a copy of the minutes of last week’s Safe Beaches committee meeting but a decision has yet to be made.

# Echonetdaily has sought response from Tweed-Byron police in relation to Mr James’ claims.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

1 COMMENT

  1. To Dean Jeffrey’s and Aslan Shand I would like to draw your attention to the wonder of the beach this morning. migratory seabirds resting and nesting, beach hyacinth in bloom on undisturbed dunes. Could your rally perhaps be to address the threats to real nature on the beach between Brunswick Heads and Belongil for instance the threatened migratory seabirds that are trying to nest. By the way it is much easier to see all of nature without the penises blocking the view.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Man dead after boat capsizes near Yamba

Police say a man has died and a second has been taken to hospital after a boat capsized south of Yamba this morning.

Jonson Street bus shelter gone and an era ended

Byron Shire Council says that the wooden bus shelter on Jonson Street outside the Byron Visitors Centre is being removed today with all bus services operating from the new bus interchange on Butler Street in Byron Bay

Upside down river

Tim Harrington, Lennox Head Letter contributor Richard White (letters 21/4/21) quite correctly identifies the Richmond River as an ‘upside down river’ and nowhere is this more...

Ballina Dragons’ great results at Urunga

The Ballina Dragon Boat Racing Club is a group of paddling people from all walks of life who enjoy being out on the water having fun and keeping fit.