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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.

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  1. Richard you’re back! Must be a council meeting coming up. You continue to peddle untruths about what is actually occurring at the beach and relying on historical cases to tarnish the present scenario. Maybe you should have come down last Saturday to see what actually goes on down there – many couples simply enjoying the sun and certainly not what you are portraying. We all know that if you drill down on the 47 incidents you mention, the disturbing picture you are peddling is grossly exaggerated. You are simply acting out of self interest and ignoring the huge improvements made over the last 18 months or so.

  2. Here we again. 47 reported offences. 43 of which are for skinny dipping or sunbathing outside the CO zone.

    Crime of the century.

    Porn sites and sex sites list lots of beaches in Queensland that have no Clothing Optional beaches……..so whats your point?

    Kings beach has been an unofficial nudist beach for decades. Do you have any reported Police incidents you want to share out of the four you mention at the other byron beaches?

    Kings beach appears on gay sex sites.

    So your argument falls apart.

  3. … and we will never know the full extend of the positive attitude and respect nude bathing has on this body shaming world we live in.

    I have been to Tyagarah many times over the years and have only once seen a perve hanging around suspiciously. After a few harsh words he got his hand out of his pants and left.

    On the other hand I have been to Main beach, Wategos, and many other beaches where on numerous occasions we have encountered perverts with cameras and phones trying to sneak photos of kids (wearing swimmers by the way) enjoying the sun and sand.

    Do a quick search and multiple hook up sites list every second beach, public park, bathroom, etc as a hook up destination… it’s not just Tyagarah!

  4. Also to note local businesses don’t under estimate tourists who come just because it’s byron and CAN have a quick skinny dip whilst the teenagers are still in bed and may not spend the day at the nude beach

    I spend 10k on accommodation a year 2-3 visits a year usually belongil area and 5k on food drinks at local restaurants


  5. Hi Richard, wished you had joined us on the beach on Saturday, several groups to the left and lots to the right. Everyone enjoying a splendid beach day, time to get your budgie smugglers out, if that’s your thing. And please just mention the true number of incidents, in the many many years I’ve been on that beach, I’ve seen one pervert who I put in his place and one couple behaving badly…my stats are nothing like yours. A week after the woman jogging incident, I think I saw the same young woman jogging alone again on the same road….. Don’t think I would be out again jogging that or any other lonely road anytime soon. Bad behaviours are on all beaches, my friend a lifesaver at a busy Gold Coast beach witnessed a man having a good old tug just last week on the crowded beach.

  6. The CAD stats for Police was yes 47 offences for the 12 month period. 43 skinny dippers unaware of new signage at Tyagarah NPWS car park which was installed only 12 months ago. Bayshore Drive Signage was installed in March this year. Police zero tolerance did net unfortunately those who had done so for 30 years, simply skinny dipping.
    It seems for 20 years Grays Lane Residents did nothing in addressing the totally inappropriate behaviour at Tyagarah.
    Byron Naturists Group in a concerted effort over a 12 month period along with Police, Council, NPWS and Community were the instigators to change for Safe Beaches.
    Seems now it is a win win for all community who use this beach.
    Grays Lane Residents, no need for thanks … you had 20 years for input and chose to ignore issues associated with our beach.

  7. And your point is? Why not look to clean up Byron’s drug problems. like the first time i visited I took my son into public toilets to change his nappy and found needles. Nothing has changed.

    Tyagarah beach is really safe. except for the threat of an idiot councillor who suggests people should be bashed with a cricket bat. What kind of public figure incites violence like this? Totally unacceptable.

    Most weekends Tyagarah beach is frequented by nice people; hetrosexual couples, single hetrosexual males and females and the community is amazing, most people know more people there by name than on any other beach you can name.

    Instead of threats of violence Council should instead embrace this peaceful community to engage with Accor group, owners of Elements, to see how mutually they can attract wealthy international tourists to this amazing unique beach. Clothing Optional tourism is worth millions yet biased councillors looking to be do-gooders ignore the positives.

    Any public figure, including Cr Spooner, must be severely censured for inciting violence, the kind of which has never been seen at the beach he so wants to shut down.


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