Paul & Wendy Greenfield, Sawtell
Congratulations to councillors on the proactive decision to continue with the clothing-optional (CO) area at Tyagarah Beach and for the trial period with lifeguards. We found this section of beach is welcoming and pleasant during our first visit for a long time over the weekend.
Couples and singles were using the CO status along with those who did not wish to be swimwear free. Both groups used the flagged area side by side, mixing, swimming, body surfing and communicating.
The media regularly remind us of the spate of drownings on our beaches, so to have a flagged area, being policed under the watchful eyes of the trained lifeguards, is extremely proactive. We believe with the correct mix of authority and safety, Tyagarah Beach will only continue to encourage singles, couples, and families on both sides of the fence, to use this section of beach, and in harmony.
We’re aware of the undesirable elements that previously branded this section of beach; however, with the various authorities coming together to provide a safe and respectful environment, there’s a marked improvement in the experience of going to Tyagarah Beach.
We are grey nomads, and we pass through here regularly with Mullumbimby as our base. Although we do not contribute to rates we pay caravan park fees, use local supermarkets, purchase fuel, visit doctors, chemists, hotels, restaurants, and various other utilities.