Richard Burford, Tyagarah.
We will never know the full extent of offences committed at Tyagarah Beach because so many go unreported. However, we do know from police that incidents are ongoing.
For the lakes and Tyagarah Beach this year until September, police statistics show 47 incidents. For all the rest of Byron’s beaches the number is four. This is unacceptable.
Numerous porn sites and chat rooms promote clothes-optional Tyagarah Beach as a sex destination.
In 2013 and 2018, Council staff recommended councillors revoke the 1998 clothes-optional declaration. This followed frequent complaints of antisocial behaviour and a submission from an Indigenous woman who considered this behaviour a desecration of significant Aboriginal land.
Eyewitnesses report that the signs Council have finally put up have little effect. Naked miscreants still wander outside the designated area, hide in the dunes and pose in the carpark.
Since 2013, many more people have been hurt. Tyagarah Beach is a sad chapter in the history of the women of Byron Shire.
We are asking councillors for immediate closure. No more delays, no more excuses.