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We’ve been enjoying sunbathing and naked surfs for over five years. Yes we are some of those Queenslander’s who travel down regularly to enjoy the legal beach at Tyagarah, and so much so, we have decided to become Byron residents because of the love of this beach.

The Grays Lane residents who now seem to want the beach closed back in March seemed supportive (as indicated on their Facebook page). Police presence has improved the safety. Why this backflip one has to ask. Have there been clashes or power plays with other safe-beach members or clothing-optional supporters? It just seems a bit odd that the Grays Lane residents are so vocal and now so opposing?

Then there are those who have commercial interests in opposing the beach. I can’t believe that these same accommodation and tourism operators seem blind to the fact that they are generating revenue from guests whose whole reason to be staying in Byron is to visit the clothing-optional beach. Naturists do visit, stay, eat, drink and pay for entertainment – they do boost the economy of the Shire.

The police presence has been successful and welcomed. I’ve never encountered nakedness in the car park or masturbating men – clearly I’ve missed all these incidents. Or is it possible that these occasional incidents are being blown out of all proportion and multiplied for the benefit of media news and scare tactics? Stalking females and inappropriate behaviours also occur on clothing beaches; there are lewd behaviours in all walks of life. As naturists we are particularly sensitive to being associated with lewd behaviours when all we are is law-abiding citizens who just like to lie in the sun and swim naked.

Given that Tyagarah is isolated (well you can hardly say that on a weekend when you can’t even get a carpark!) is there an option to move it closer to Sunrise?

Whatever happened to enjoying the beach naked? That’s all a lot of normal mostly middle-aged people want. I just hope the council can weed through lies, commercial interests and hidden agendas or media newsworthiness and see the advantages of keeping the beach clothing optional.

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