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Tyagarah sex pests

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Gwen Gould, Tyagarah

Shame on this council for deciding to keep the clothes-optional area at Tyagarah open. The only winners were the sex pests. 

It appears that the rights of sexual predators attracted to our beach via websites for sex have more rights than the women, children and residents of this Shire.

People wonder why women will not stand up and talk about sexual assault. Four women stood up today in Council and spoke about their experiences at Tyagarah. That takes a lot of guts. I was amazed that the councillors dismissed these stories. One suggested if we don’t like it then go to another beach.

Another six-month trial? Cameras? The tourist dollars we get from naturists from Brisbane? Our free and liberated image? These were the arguments. Really? 

It is a sad day when the tourist dollars and our image are more important than the safety of our residents.

Many tourists also hoon up Grays Lane with no regard for wildlife. 

If the safety of women who are being stalked and harassed is not of importance to councillors then maybe they should consider the environmental impact on our dunes and the cost of maintaining our pot-holed dangerous Grays Lane.

Locals have said ‘enough is enough’ but we have not been heard. This is a black hole sitting right in the middle of our Shire. Welcome Sex Pests.

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  1. Oh Gwen, I’m so sorry that you cannot see how much has changed on the beach in such a short period of time.
    For 20 years this beautiful haven for Naturists was left to fester into what it had become until a passionate group came together to change that.
    In 12 months there have been minimal incidents, many those were for Nudists outside the Designated CO area being fined, unaware of change to declared area.
    Your lobbying about lewd Behaviour was not based on current usage of beach. Your stories were based on several years ago with even one member who’d addressed councillors admitting he’d never been to the CO Beach in years and when questioned further about why then did he now state it was out of control with even more lewd inappropriate behaviour, admitting though how much better the ambience was in February 2018 that residents were so overawed at how much the beach had cleaned up. This was reported by Northern Star ‘Locals Rejoice’.
    It was now 12 months ago we Byron Naturists asked Grays Lane to support and join us to clean up the inappropriate behaviour but unfortunately your group refused, and all energy went to opposing us, Council, Police, NPWS and Community.
    Seems unfortunate that for all to profess to Safe Beaches your Group did nothing but create bedlam in Safe Beaches.
    Debra Conomy, Byron Naturists

  2. ‘………..maintaining our pot-holed dangerous Grays Lane.’ If it is well graded or perhaps even sealed in the future then the traffic speed will inevitably increase, not beyond the posted limit we would hope, and the increased speed will give wildlife even less time to evade vehicles. Could potholes be construed as another form of traffic calming?

  3. Hi Gwen, I was on the CO beach today and what a glorious day it was! As we were sitting there we were trying to get our heads around the thought of if we were not there, would that indeed stop any pests and lewd behaviours? We concluded less people would make the place less safe. Wearing of swimmers is a not protection, didn’t a female get pestered on Tallows Beach just last week? As we left the CO beach there were a few clothed couples enjoying the beach which we chatted to and they were not phased either way that 200m to the right were naked persons. Isn’t it time to all get on with each other and enjoy the natural wonder of the beach. There is enough room for everyone, and if the predators present themself, on any beach anywhere in the world – report them, as you should whenever you witness crimes taking place.

  4. Today and yesterday my partner and I have been enjoying the fantastic weather on tygarah beach in the clothing optional area
    To the left of the car park entrance to the beach it was deserted for kilometres as far as my eyes could see which to my thinking is kilometres of beach for people to enjoy there time
    Whilst we have been in the clothing optional area there were people wearing swimming suits
    Now I did not see anyone approach to say you are in A nude zone please go to your respected area
    My point is naked people do not care whether you are clothed or not and usually just mind there own business and enjoy the elements of our glorious weather in our FREE country
    We have 800 metres ,there is a lot more of Byron beaches for families ,surfers and any other non naturist person to frequent
    In 10 years of visiting Byron tygarah beach I have seen once a couple having sex on edge of dunes
    Although not offended I did report it and that is all that has to be done
    It is a huge coast line Australia has and 800 metres is not a lot to ask
    The road to grays lane is a council problem do not blame the residents and naturists that frequent it for its pothole problem

  5. Dear Gwen “The only winners were the sex pests” surely you don’t mean that? You’ve just labelled 99.99999% of naturists, mums, dads, visitors, even families as sex pests.

    There’s no doubt that sexual assault on women (or men) is abhorrent and absolutely must stop no matter where it occurs.
    You painted the picture that it only ever happens at the CO beach but I am sure the police can tell you otherwise. Like parks dark streets… people’s homes, factories, geez I imagine anywhere a perpetrator chooses, so why not try get all those places closed?
    It’s totally unacceptable to assault another this we all align with.

    Praise to the councillors for keeping the beach open even if it’s a very small area. Like dogs, those who now frequent the CO beach have their area to roam free of clothing.

    Next step is to let all the shire beaches be CO. Step up to a fresh mindset of how one’s body is 100% natural ( more or less lol) and just like trees, dogs, monkeys and elephants humans should have the right of being outside in public in their birthday suits if we choose.


  6. Just come back from a trip to the French Atlantic Coast and Portugal. Many Naturist beaches there which are readily accessible. In one place there were two areas with Life Savers separated by less than a km. One for textiles and the other for naturists and in between were mixed. There were possible around 1500 people at both.. At a FKK recognized beach in Portugal had a sign requesting people to respect the naturist lifestyle. Maybe this should be added to the signs at Tygarah. Having the only Naturist beach left in a remote spot is wrong. The CO at Tygarah should be further south closer to Byron and away from the Sand Dunes and its sanctuary for pests. This would also assist in its acceptance getting more people to participate and encourage International Naturist tourism to the area.

  7. Once upon a time, maybe a year or two ago, the ‘sex seekers’ ( btw they are definitely not naturists) were mainly hanging out around the Ti Tree lake and dune areas far north of the Grays Lane car park and they steered clear of the nudists’ beach to the south of the car park. The lake and northern beach were never very popular with the majority of naturists, so we naturists were not overly concerned about their activities, back then.

    However, after the Ti Tree lake became very actively Policed and subsequently the area outside the 800 metres clothing optional zone was also regularly Policed, this made the lake and north dunes no longer attractive locations for sex ‘pests’. Some of them didn’t disappear into ‘thin air’ (as was hoped) but hung around the new clothing optional beach.

    Eventually, with active policing and consistent reporting of offences they will likely move further away from Tyagarah, to other beaches or reserves up or down the coast, to bother beachgoers elsewhere.
    Then perhaps Gwen will be happy. Or maybe not – if there are still unclothed bodies on this beach.

    Short of arresting and gaoling the sex offenders, we are just shifting the problem to the shoulders of others.



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