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February 28, 2021

Byron Councillors make second push to end nude bathing at Tyagarah

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A group of Byron Shire councillors will attempt to reverse the recent decision to keep Tyagarah Beach ‘clothes optional’ when the council has its full meeting next week.

The councillors, including Mayor Simon Richardson (Greens), have put forward two motions which, if passed, would put an end to nude bathing at Tyagarah.

Instead, a 12-month clothes optional trial would be introduced on a stretch of beach in Byron Bay.

The proposed recision motion continues the ongoing saga over Tyagarah Beach, which has seen a long-running battle between naturists and a group of residents who are concerned about the ongoing instances of anti-social and illegal behaviour there.

At the last full council meeting on October 19 a motion to keep Tyagarah clothes optional was narrowly passed by five votes to three.

The motion included a plan to install up to 20 cameras to record vehicle registration and personal behaviour in the Tyagarah reserve.

Cr Richardson and councillors Paul Spooner (Labor) and Jan Hackett (Labor) are now attempting to overturn that decision.

If they are successful in that first step, the councillors will put forward a second motion to outlaw nude bathing at Tyagarah, and to introduce a 12-month trial of nude bathing on a stretch of beach in Byron Bay from The Wreck to Beaumont’s Beach House.

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  1. They don’t have to overturn the decision on Tyagarah to instigate the trial in Byron. Instigating the trial in Byron first would give them more cred overturning the Tyagarah decision but, at the moment, it looks like the trial is dependent on Tyagarah closure first. A bit devious really but then they are politicians.

  2. I believe you will find that it’s actually the Naturists who were concerned about the ongoing instances of anti-social and illegal behaviour there.
    One needs to truly look at the facts and evidence over a 18 month period.
    So if it took 20 years of Inappropriate behaviour and 20 years of mismanagement… why is it that it was initially Naturist Community Representatives who stepped up to initiate Safe Beaches Committee working with Council, Police, NPWS, Stakeholders ..,
    Really where were the anti CO Grays Lane Residents whilst all this was going on. Tyagarah CO Beach only had designated signage north boundary 12 months ago, south boundary 7 months ago.
    Let’s be clear what is factual, what is fiction.
    For those that have taken the time to research the Council Recommendation, it’s all there.

  3. Please close the CO beach and remove the watchful eyes of the safe beach committee . You live in an illusion that a deserted beach will not attract unsavory people.
    Broken heads and surrounding beaches have been unofficially CO for decades. Not because the council says so.

  4. Why is the council voting on this again? the councilor against the Tyagarah C/O beach , reasons are based on fabrication,inaccuracies,$$$$$$$ and ancident events.When i left the C/O beach at 1pm on Sunday 11/11/18 the car park was overflowing and there was on one person on the Nth side of the track to the beach and all the others in the C/O side.

  5. Obviously a C O beach in the main area of Byron would remove unwelcome elements. Most naturists have learnt to ignore these types.

    I remember an earlier article about grays lane in relation to the parcel of land owned by a plastic manufacturer that had been put on the market for three times its purchase price. The marketing outlined the potential of trackhousing and the possibility of the light rail being extended to such a development.

    It would be an ironic outcome if this sale proceeded after the C O allowance was revoked by council.
    In turn the local infrastructure would improve alongside the value added to other local landholders with precedent of subdivision set.
    I’m sure it is the political platform of local politicians to keep byron a society that embraces alternative outlook not an extra suburb of the Gold Coast.


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