David Dixon, Byron Bay
According to the Council report on Tyagarah there was a consensus among stakeholders that antisocial activity at the beach had decreased over the last year.
This is reflected in the positive feedback that councillors received on the beach before the meeting. One councillor said emails in favour of the nude beach were 3:1.
Here are just two examples of recent experiences at Tyagarah that Councillors heard about:
Two women in their 20s: ‘We come to the nude beach quite a lot and it’s awesome! We don’t get hassled by anyone. It’s a good experience. We feel safe, free and respected.’
A group of three couples, also in their 20s: ‘We saw predominantly couples, contrary to reports that the beach is dominated by creepy males. We saw a young family, having the time of their lives … Overall we saw a number of people practicing naturism in its truest form and saw no signs of the supposed consistent “lewd behaviour”.’
I congratulate Council for their willingness to build on the progress from the trial period and the solutions-oriented beach safety committee Council created.