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May 13, 2021

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I’m very disappointed that our councillors decided to continue to allow overt lewd and potentially dangerous behaviour while seeing it promoted to the world.

Once upon a time a family could go to the tea-tree lakes and the beach at Tyagarah without fear of obscene behaviour but for the past 20 years this has not been the case. It cannot be denied that the situation has become uncontrollable. Would any of the councillors take their children or relatives there?

If council insists on CCTV cameras (more costs for rate payers, no cost for tourists) then the community also insists on clear unambiguous signage to warn of unsafe and inappropriate actives in this area just as laws demand warnings on film and video.

The councillors need to listen to the many locals who have voiced their concerns and not cave in to people who are so desperate they need to travel hundreds of kilometres to take their clothes off!

Mandy Nolan’s recent article was refreshing in reminding us never to give up on what matters or is valuable to locals in the face of relentless exploitation by questionable influences.

Just for sheer safety issues it is obvious that Belongil beach should be the preferred option for any clothes optional area as police are willing to patrol and yet it seems voices from millionaires have influence here too. 

The decision by the majority of councillors has shown that it totally disregards local community concerns, (surely safety of locals is of primary concern) so please no more propaganda about how you care for the Byron community.

This area has been hijacked and the locals want it back.

Finally, thank you to the mayor, and the other councillors who voted to remove the clothes optional status as council staff recommended.


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3 COMMENTS

  1. If you were truly up to current events of Tyagarah Clothing Optional Beach, you’d realise over 20 years of bad behaviour, the last 12 months has seen a huge clean up of inappropriate lewd behaviour.
    We too are locals. Families and women, couple are now returning to both the Tea Tree lake and Tyagarah Beach.

  2. Well Rod Murray,

    So sorry that you think it is your right to discriminate against naturists.

    Yes, we travel not in desperation but to enjoy our lifestyle. We also spend a lot of money when we stay locally in the Byron area and so we do contribute to the local economy.

    What we are not – is supportive of people who take advantage of the situation. That is the lurkers and other strange people that don’t seem to be able to control themselves – which is why the beach should should remain “legal” (it not actually against the law to be nude on a beach) so we can report such people to the police. If it’s not appropriate behavior on a nudist beach then its certainly not on a textile beach either.

    We have the right to enjoy beaches as much as anyone else in safety and the comfort of no apparel. If you have the right to wear clothing on a beach then we have the right not to.

    Regards, Ian Strawbridge

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