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May 18, 2021

Tyagarah residents reply to David Dixon

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Richard Burford, Public Officer, Tyagarah Community Association Inc

Nudist David Dixon says he is ‘Tired of repetitious and inaccurate arguments made against Tyagarah clothing-optional beach,’ citing us pesky Tyagarah residents as the culprits.

Here are some incidents that have occurred over the past month. They are by no means exhaustive, just a portion of the incidents that residents and their summer guests have witnessed.

A man walks into the Tea Tree Lakes and witnesses two men engaging in oral sex. Various accounts of naked men in the Tyagarah Beach carpark. A woman witnesses a male and female having sex on Tyagarah Beach just outside the nude zone. A woman sunbaking in the nude zone is harassed by a naked man leering at her from behind a bush. A car is run off the road into the bushes on Grays Lane by people heading to the nude beach. Regular nudists intentionally intimidating clothed beach users.

This is not repetition, David, and it’s all accurate. While we do everything we can to encourage reporting to police there will never be full reporting. Some say they ‘Just don’t want to get involved’.

We understand that many if not most nudists practise healthy nudity but that does not make the beach safe.

Denial of the dark culture that pervades the nude beach area is dangerous and sad.

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  1. Oh Burford, thank you again for your outdated historic recounts.
    When really are you going to realise this is not your private beach just the same as it’s not anyone else’s.
    We’ve had conversations and complaints from your very own community from Gondwana and Grays Lane and the broader community, residents contacting us appalled…Your very small minority voice has now run its course.
    Time to live and let live.
    Debra Conomy

    • Allan, Tasmania.
      Well said Debra in response to David Dixon. My partner and I have visited Tyagarah beach many times in over a decade. We have never had any issues there on the nude beach with undesirable behaviour. In fact we have found everyone one on the nude beach to be respectful and friendly.
      Keep up your positive attitude towards an open free beach.

  2. Funny how I have been going there for over 20 years
    And never see bad behaviour.
    Woman harrassed in nudist zone. Dont think so. There are too many of us watching the small area we have.

  3. Life guards couldn’t fault the place. The public who use the area find no issues.
    Yet once again you raise issues sighting third party stories.
    I have been going there for years and have never seen any issues.
    Would prefer it to be closer to elements as it is closer to town and not so far to walk.

  4. Consensual sexual acts in the outdoors! A man (behind a bush) looking at a woman ! A stupid driver running another car off the road ! People intimidating other people ! And all in the last month !
    What is the 21st century coming to ?
    Keep up your surveillance Richard – who knows what despicable activity you will see next.

  5. All hearsay huh! You’re assuming they were nudists. A nudist would be in the nude zone not outside it having sex. The person in the car….prob not a nudist. The guys having sex at the lakes….nothing to do with the nude beach as they are a km away from it. Could be anybody having gay Sex! Assume makes an ASS of U and ME! Get on with your pathetic life. The nude beach was there before you. You knew it was there before you moved in!

  6. The only issue i’ve had or seen is trying to find a pen in my car to fill out the parking fee envelope. Lucky for me, some friendly people were just leaving the carpark and they loaned one to me.

    Perhaps council can improve the road so residents can stay on it when they drive.

  7. Strange, that in over two years my wife and I have never had or seen a problem there.
    Strange, that in all the time the SLS guys were there they had nothing but praise for the beach goers.
    Strange, that numbers of people going to the beach is increasing.
    But the strangest thing of all ….
    Richard Burford.
    A strange phenomenon indeed !!

  8. If there are pervs then they need to be addressed the same way as any other beach, and yes these things happen at clothed beaches too. In fact while walking through the Southbank swimming area with my partner, I saw a middle aged man walking through videoing the children. At first I didn’t believe what I saw, and thought he was a parent. But he had no kids with him and was moving around freely, aiming the camera at the kids in their swimsuits. A random mother with her kid angrily talked to him, and he seemed to smile and ignore her, before continuing away down the path – again, completely alone. I immediately went to the lifeguards and told them about him – and they said they see this behaviour ALL THE TIME. But their hands are tied and they are not allowed to do anything about it unless someone complains about it.

    As for Tyagarah, I have to say my female friends and I haven’t had any problems. But I have had problems with perves and my female friends at Alex Bay, and a close female friend of mine said she stop having girls days there with her female only group since they would regularly get harassed (and masturbated in front of) by some older man.

    I don’t think it’s good to pretend these things don’t happen, or they will get worse. But as for shutting the beach down entirely – what, are you going to petition to have Southbank beach closed too? Because the situation is far worse there, and I imagine all the other heavily populated places as well.

    Richard I think you have a personal vendetta that goes beyond fixing the problem, and instead want to shut down a good thing, maybe because you yourself can’t relax and have a good time in this way, and are jealous of the freedom we enjoy.

  9. As you correctly point out Clint, these activities, which upset Richard so much, are taking place at many locations.
    It is a world-wide activity (not simply at this beach which Tyagarah Community Assn have targeted).
    Other than at Tyagarah I have yet to see any reports of residents actively and consistently complaining about the nudists’ beaches at Birdie, Samurai, Shelleys, Pebbly, Smokey Cape, Miners, Little Diggers, Cobblers, Obelisk, Lady Bay, Little Jibbon, Werrong, Myrtle, Armands Bay, Macca’s beaches: to name a few places where nudists gather.
    Residents around those area do not appear to have the same stringent concerns as the Tyagarah Community Association.
    One can’t help but suspect that the Tyagarah concern here is more about heavy traffic on Grays Lane and the possible negative influence on residents’ property values, than for protecting beachgoers from witnessing these incidents .


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