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October 2, 2022

Tyagarah beach hijacked

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Rod Murray, Ocean Shores

Just wanting to thank the councillors who showed responsibility in attempting to meet the requests of the majority of locals to close down the dangerous and anti social environment that has been occurring for years at Tyagarah Beach.

Councillors Hackett and Spooner’s letters in the recent Echo was spot on.

That the so called ‘naturists’ consider themselves custodians of a public beach is simply delusional when in reality what they really want is a de facto private nudist beach. 

Shame on the councillors who refused to acknowledge the sexual assaults and fears of woman at Tyagarah Beach and nature reserve.

That the majority of women on Council were dismissive of the harassment of local women is disgusting and beggars belief.

What other locality in Byron Shire would accept their local park, reserve, sporting ground or whatever being repeatedly subject to lewd and dangerous behaviour and accept that Council has ignored their concerns?

If local nudists and the Queenslanders who travel 100’s of kilometres to swim naked are so desperate, perhaps council could accommodate them on a beach near a police station?

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  1. I am disgusted by this story on Tyagrah nudist beach. It is obvious this story is written by a small closed minded individual that knows ABSOLUTELY nothing. I suggest the Echos reports do a little more investigating in regards to not just Tyagrah but other nudist beaches. Also if yours writers investigated just the Byron Bay Community Notice Board Facebook page you would see numerous stories of girls being harassed at Tallow Beach now last time i checked this beach is NOT a nudist beach yet still has problems. The absolute bias & attach of this story on nudist is just wrong & the story & statements should be retracted & apologised for.

  2. Rod Murray, I conclude you know nothing of the current situation.
    As a Byron Naturist Representative for 18 months Safe Beaches Committee Member, a founding member at that and yes a female, I was there from day 1.
    I’d attended all Safe Beach meetings with the exception of 1 and all Council Meetings since November 2017 when this was after 4 years once again brought before Councillors.
    Don’t portray to know what you are taking about.
    Majority Councillors have looked at all facts to make an informed decision without prejudice to vote for keeping Tyagarah CO Beach open to future generations.
    This was for safety of women and children and all Byron Community.
    What’s you input to this positively Rod?

    Debra Conomy
    Byron Naturist Group

  3. I want to thank the councillors who ignored the lies of the vocal minority in order to close the CO Beach. I will bring your attention to the words “Clothing Optional” which means it is not just a beach for nudists. It is a beach that gives people the right to choose how they dress. It is the Tyagarah residents who want the beach as their own personal beach. For what purpose? The Tyagarah residents were asked to help with the efforts to clean up the beach and drive away perverts but haven’t done anything to help. Now they just want to delay sensible action (such as putting in CCTV and Life Saving Patrols) to deter these sexually predator males. SO JUST WHAT ARE THEIR MOTIVES?

  4. Anita – WHAT ARE THEIR MOTIVES? Good question!
    Answer: The sale of land in Grays Lane area will be positively aided if there is less thru traffic along Grays Lane to Black Rock Road and to the NPWS Nature Reserve / Tyagarah Beach locale.
    In addition the existence of a beach where naked people gather will also be a deterrent to most prospective purchasers of land.
    The mighty dollar will usually end up winning!
    Let’s all just go to the extra distance to beautiful, shady Kings Beach.


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