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Naturalist Debra Lee Conomy wants people attending the beach at Tyagarah to not be fazed by incidents such as public and unsolicited masturbation. I guess that makes stalking and unsolicited sexual invitations ok too.

Thanks for the excellent advice on how to deal with life’s problems, Debra.

The clothing optional beach at Tyagarah does not work for local residents or for many of the Shire’s residents who used to be able to enjoy one of the more sublime and spacious beach aspects in the shire.

Incidents of masturbation, stalking and other offensive behaviour have not ceased. Neither has the constant stream of single men.

We have lived with the reality of the clothing optional beach for 20 years and local residents want it closed.


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  1. I lived and worked on a nude beach in the French Caribbean for 12 years. Never did I see any lewd or unwanted behavior. I’m under the impression that some peoples imagination is getting the better of them

  2. We have been coming over from NZ for the last 10 years for two to three weeks a year. Never had an issue until we were harassed by the police last year. Been to a lot of places in the world but that was our favorite and accessible. We will not be coming back.

  3. Ok, I have patiently sat back and followed with interest, Letters to Editors, Newspaper and Television Interviews all allegations of Lewd, Inappropriate Sexual Behaviour, Sexual Assaults some Grays Lane Residents are stating have happened recently either in the car park or on the Tyagarah Clothing Optional Beach.
    These allegations contain no proof, no police CAD and no one coming forward with hard evidence to back these allegations.
    One truly has to ask, if I was opposing a Clothing Optional Beach wouldn’t I be on the beach collecting factual ‘factual’ evidence and reporting it to police 000 immediately.
    It’s been documented to Council back in November that I am assuming the same incidents then are portrayed now as current events not a true indication of current events.
    Our group Byron Naturists have worked tirelessly in positive steps of action to eradicating Lewd ALL LEWD behaviour from OUR Public Clothing Optional Beaches and Surrounding Areas.
    I do not NOT condone any ANY sort of Lewd Sexual Behaviour In Public Places and for your very small small minded minority of Grays Lane Residents to infer this is truly appalling.
    Instead of rubbishing us in your personal attack, we would be
    more interested in you joining us in a united front, creating a safe haven and eradicating illegal behaviour on our beaches and public area.
    Debra Lee Conomy
    Byron Naturist Group

  4. The denial by the Byron Naturist Group of the problem is why I – as someone who would prefer to swim naked – has joined the call to close the beach.

    Every woman I’ve spoken to in my neighborhood has had a bad experience of wankers and creepers on our local beach, and most have to drive to Brunswick to go to the beach.

    How can I justify my desire to swim naked, when my women neighbors don’t feel safe there.

    Of course there are few police reports – by the time the police get there – 25 minutes at best – the wankers have gone, and what woman can sit there – in a potentially threatening situation, waiting for them to arrive and knowing that when they do nothing can be done.

    • In response to Mitra Ardon, Byron Naturists Group met with Tweed Heads Area Command, Byron Police last week. It was again reiterated if they’d not reported incidents, how could Police be actioned to deal with reports.
      All allegations made by Spokespeople Grays Lane Residents at Safe Beaches Meetings months ago were asked when they’d made these allegations, did they report any lewd inappropriate behaviour to police, stated they had not.
      It was then put to Grays Lane Representative to report any incidents … did this happen?

  5. “We have lived with the reality of the clothing optional beach for 20 years and local residents want it closed”. Gyan, time to move buddy! I am over people moving to a location and then complaining about the local arrangement.
    Move mate, there are plenty of similar beach areas in the 35,877 kms of Australian coast line that will satisfy your specific needs, perhaps the gold coast ?
    In Australia no one gets to own beaches – gotta keep that in mind


  6. Omg! Same rationale used to close the beach to nudists as is used all over our country… all about the lowest common denominator.

    What is our country coming to?

    Wrap every one up in cotton wool to help prevent them potentially experiencing anything that might feel bad.

    No no no. I live near the beach … because it’s so close it’s ‘my’ beach and if I see or hear of anything that ‘i’ do not like or is out of alignment with ‘my’ thinking then it should be stopped!
    My beach not yours.

    Seriously? Oh Australia what have you (we) become?

    With so much beachline in the shire just go to the beach area that feels right to you. Oh wait… it’s not a short stroll away… yeah can’t have that. Close the clothes optional status… it’s the only way. Smacks his head in disbelief! Urghhhhhhhh


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