Jo Faith, Newtown
Regarding the debate surrounding nudists, sexual predators and safe spaces for women on beaches. As this debate continues may I suggest that Council consider adopting former Councillor Ronda Ellis’ suggestion of creating Tyagarah Beach as a clothes-optional space exclusively for women. As no doubt this debate shall continue if male predatory behaviour is not seriously addressed and ceases.
This would introduce the status of affirmative action for women who wish to be free from the male gaze. It would also create the first space in the Shire where women could feel safe from predatory behaviour.
A precedent already exists for this possibility. Coogee Baths in Sydney has for many decades been designated as a woman’s only space. Male attempts to change this status have failed. To this day it remains and operates in affirmative status. A safe space for women to swim, heal and enjoy nature, totally free from social pressures. Council could approach Coogee Council and seek management information and apply Coogee model to Byron.