Cr Jan Hackett, Byron Bay
It has become clear over the last two years of safe beach meetings that it is not just the sex pests attracted to the CO designation but a number of local lewds who want the beach for themselves and intimidate ‘textiles’ and known locals.
It’s got to a point where local Tyagarah women feel threatened just leaving their homes. A stalker was arrested recently after the pursued woman took down the car’s number plate and reported the incident to police.
Police surveillance is stretched to the limit.
Having a mixed-use ‘free’ beach in such an isolated area won’t work.
Whether Byron Shire is adult enough to designate a mixed-use beach zone in a busier, safer location like our European cousins is yet to be seen. Trying to make it work in an isolated area has failed.