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Calls continue for clothing-optional beach removed

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David Dixon’s letter (November 28) on Tyagarah Beach states he is perplexed by claims that councillors are not listening to locals.

David, 85 per cent of submissions on the clothing-optional (CO) beach say close or move the beach.

These aren’t mass-produced submissions. They’re powerful personal ones almost exclusively from affected residents who have born the brunt of sexual harassment for 20 years.

At the recent Council meeting Councillors Basil Cameron and Sarah Ndiaye were so busy skewing police figures to prove that our beach is no different from any other beach (patently untrue) and Councillor Cate Coorey that the sexual and threatening behaviour in the area has nothing to do with the CO beach, that they missed the fact that a united local community was standing in front of them demanding a change.

Many Tyagarah residents and pretty much all the attendees at the original ‘Nude ain’t Rude’ rally count themselves in some sense naturists and they are not attending Tyagarah’s CO beach. It’s too isolated. Isolated and CO is a bad combination. If the Shire has to have a nude beach, take it to town.


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5 COMMENTS

  1. Gyan, I believe I may quote your Residents Group, an article February this year.

    ‘We feel the change is enormous,” she said.

    “The police of course are still coming out every day and making sure people are moved on who are not appropriate, but the overall difference is incredible.”

    “The beach is seeing mothers and children returning. It just feels completely different.”

    She said the clean up was “desperately needed” and “we could not have done it without police”.

    In Facebook post, celebrating the reclaiming of the beach, she wrote that “Locals who have not come here for over 10 years are rejoicing they can feel safer here and will probably start having good old picnics here again like the old days”.

    You can’t have it both ways Gyan.

    Debra Conomy
    Byron Naturists

  2. I saw 32 people photographed with the MP asking for the beach to be closed.
    That sort of pales to the thousands of people who signed a petition to retain the CO status of the beach.
    Also sited was 97 offences in the area and 2 rapes.
    Most of the 97 offences were skinny dipping outside the CO area.
    The 2 rapes were no where near the CO beach.
    One was at belongil south near childe st and tge other near main beach

    Some of the 32 people in the picture do not even reside in Grays lane.

    Council have already voted on the matter twice.

    Wreck beach is not the answer.

    Tallow would be better as is closer to town and largely deserted or extend the corrent beach to 100 m north of elements.

  3. Dear Sir,

    It is most interesting that a small group of the population for whom Tyagaragh is the closest beach, namely those living at or near Grays Lane, seek to claim exclusive entitlement to the beach. The catchment area for the beach would in fact include much of Ewingsdale, Myocum and Mullumbimby and the hinterland.

    Those of us who have followed the debate are aware that the so-called Safe Beach Committee, a group which had no proper democratic representation, was used not to improve overall beach safety but to undertake a campaign to close down the clothes optional beach. There was no proper public information campaign calling for submissions, and responses therefore came from a small and unrepresentative group who were in the know as to the Committees real agenda. The survey does not represent the views of the wider community of beach users.

    It is further interesting that the Tyagarah residents group (and it certainly does not have the support of all Tyagaragh residents) say it is too remote to be a safe clothes optional beach yet do not wish to offend their supporters from Elements by agreeing to extend the clothes optional area to the south.

    Instead of abusing those Councillors who actually went to the trouble of investigating the validity of the complaints it would be useful to properly evaluate the real statistical evidence gathered by the police and implement some of the safety proposals suggested by the beach users and supportive councillors.

  4. I was at the original nude ain’t rude rally and I still go to the CO beach and I want it to stay where it is! Remove the CO status of this beach and you risk having more sexual predators there because the naturists keep these sorts away.

  5. David Dixon you should realise the councillors are elected by the Byron voters to act on their behalf and the council has voted twice in favour of the Gray’s Lane C/O beach .David this is called Domocracy!

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