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Dorset Campbell-Ross, Tyagarah

We Tyagarah residents want to remove the clothing optional status from our beach for safety.

We want safety from sexual predators, especially for women and children.

Many of us enjoy swimming naked, but are prepared to forgo this pleasure in order to be safe.

At present the women and children in our community are afraid to go on their own to our local Tyagarah beach. It has been this way for almost 20 years. We thought that it would be a simple matter to request this change from our council, and were surprised to discover resistance from a naturist/nudist lobby, who want to keep the beach open and extend it.

The strategy adopted to meet needs for safety and maintain a nudist lifestyle was to increase signage and police patrols.

There has been a six-month trial period. Although there has been some improvement, the problem remains. The clothing-optional beach is still dominated by single men looking for sex, mostly from Queensland, who have no compunction in displaying their arousal to women and/or children. They know they are safe from the law because if reported it is their word against the victim’s, so most victims do not bother reporting. They also know it takes 25 mins for the police to get there. Plenty of time to skidaddle.

I noticed that two naturists/nudists have regularly attended the meetings of the Safe Beach Committee (SBC). They have been passionately vocal in presenting their case there, arranged media coverage, and appeared on local TV and in the press since 2017.

When asked why was it so important to them to maintain or expand the clothing-optional beach, they replied that it was their lifestyle that they were protecting.

They said the fact that they both owned or had financial interest in accommodation that was rented to nudists, and that happen to be closed at this time (the ‘off’ season), had nothing to do with their interest in maintaining or expanding the clothing-optional beach.

They say it’s nothing to do with safety versus money. Their motivation is the freedom of choice to have the lifestyle they enjoy. They are saying that the conflict is safety versus freedom of choice to follow the nudist lifestyle.

A nudist lifestyle can be practised in the privacy of your own home and garden. Women and children do not need to suffer for this to happen.

In the long term, if we don’t do anything, how will local businesses be affected when Byron Bay gets a national reputation for hosting sexual predators? How long does it take to turn that around? Let’s remember that it takes much less time to lose trust than it does to build it back up again.

Let’s just suppose it really is a question of safety versus money. How can we find a win-win outcome?

By moving the clothing-optional beach to a place which is safe – where there are lots of people, and the police are close by – like they are on European nude beaches. Move it to Main Beach, Byron Bay.


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4 COMMENTS

  1. If your not happy Dorset, move bak to the UK, and for God’s sake Stop Winging….
    Sterotyping ALL Queenslanders (Like ME and my wife) as “predators” is really quite offensive. Virtually, online bullying – not really the move of even a half passable counsellor. These are exceedingly low tactics in my estimation. Gutter trash, sensationalist “News of The World” style journalism at its’ worst. Ross must be an ex-Murdoch or ex-Fairfax employee who got the sack, then moved from the UK to here.

  2. I’d be happy with it being swapped in location in such a manner, provided sufficient guarantees were given that the status of the new location would remain clothing optional in the long term. The present location is quite some way from most accomodation in Byron Bay and away from services. There’s no surf patrol. I’d be very happy to see it move to a section of Main Beach. I’m skeptical it’ll happen however.

    Alternately I’d support other proposal that was put to council, which was to make all Byron shire beaches clothing optional, except where designated not to be.

    I also suspect there’s financial interests at stake on the anti-nude bathing lobbyists, who want to make the beach more palatable to their mainstream customers.

  3. I am a nudist and have been visiting Byron Bay area since 1983 when I was a backpacker from UK and now an Australian Citizen for over 30 years.

    The first sentence was enough for me to make the conclusion that his concerns are not about safety but Tyagraph beach being their beach. This is a public beach for all Australians and overseas visitors not just the locals.

    A small minority of Non nudist men causing problems happens everywhere even on textile beaches. Its up to us all to do something about it if we see it happening. We all have smartphones with cameras and can post on social media as a deterrent as it’s very unlikely these perverts will be naked so you won’t get ban because of nude pictures.

  4. I am a married male aged 60 who has enjoyed Byron for years and years walking and swimming naked for hours on end. . My wife is happy to accompany me and will surf and swim in a G-String or bikini bottom and topless but has never wanted to go naked- also she has never felt threatened.. so live and let live.

    On Friday 6th Sept 19 on a visit after walking to the legal section found a spot but yet again found they were all nude men over 40 wandering and only one other couple in sight.. I think it is a shame one cannot be free from textiles but sick of the parading males whether they are there for the sun and surf or ‘on the prowl’ – Byron has lost it’s appeal I feel and yet a couple of years back, one would only have to walk 100-200m from the Elements entrance and find a quiet little spot with no peacocks prancing about but single, couples and family naturalists..
    Between the horse people and Elements, I believe this also has driven clothing optional to the 800m south of Greys lane..

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