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March 4, 2021

No nude Tea Tree lakes – sign damage

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I took photos of the vandalised Tyagarah Nature Reserve sign on March 30 2019 at the Tea Tree Lakes on Grays Lane. The sign has been repeatedly vandalised and the public have had to pay for the sign to be repaired via NPWS.

This time the word ‘not’ had been overlaid with a blank metal plate so that the sign reads, ‘Tyagarah Nature Reserve is a designated clothes optional (nude) area’. In the past the word ‘not’ has been gouged away.

I took a photo on Tyagarah Beach on Monday April 9 2019. There was a blue tent popped up on the (damaged) dunes. The tent was manned by a single nude male who was relating to pairs of nude men using the dune path beside the tent to get into the bushes – he also seemed to be on the alert for intruders. The tent was popped down as soon as my camera appeared.

There were also nude men parading outside of the designated nude beach area on that day.

How are security cameras to be placed to correctly capture the sex offences along the remoter sections of the beach? Who will assess the footage, how will it be acted upon? How will vandalism of the proposed security cameras be stopped?

The councillors in support of the clothing-optional beach gave residents an absolute guarantee that they would fix the problem of vandals and sex pests at Tyagarah Beach. This is not happening – the problem is as bad as it ever has been.

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  1. In reply to G Broug, it’s fantastic that residents in Tyagarah are finally putting in the time to also monitor and patrol Tyagarah Nature Reserve and Beach.
    The sign was damaged some 12 months ago after placement which is now 18 months ago. I’d noticed a month ago NPWS did in fact replace the sign which is now some 2 metres from ground level. With cameras and signage now along Grays Lane and Crown Land, the placement of cameras in the actual NPWS Carpark could only add to a greater deterrent to those who visit the area with the intent to do the wrong thing.
    We thank you, the Community, Police, NPWS, and Councillors for implementing safety measures as a deterrent.
    Together we can make a difference as is shown by police stats over the last 18 months.
    Debra Conomy
    Byron Naturists Incorporated.

  2. Do you think removing the official status of the beach will change anything.
    If you do you are living in a fantasy world.

    Signs are obeyed by law abiding citizens like the people who frequent the co section.

    Nude people outside of the designated area…wow.

    I see them at lots of beaches on the shire…so what’s your point.

    Life savers say they haven’t seen any bad behaviour in the co section. This begs the question as to what you want to achieve.
    You went to the beach with a camera and no one caused you any grief.

    Previously you said sex pests accosted you whenever you as a lone female went there.

    Obviously things have changed.

    I am glad you feel safe enough to go to the beach now when previously you said you didn’t.

    Tea tree lakes is often deserted and the atmosphere is much better now.

    Time for Richard to pop up again….

  3. The CO section of the beach is 800m long. There are several kilometers of non CO beach to the North of Grey’s Lane.
    Why local residents can’t use that stretch of beach i have no idea.
    Over the last 12 months since the regular CO visitors have been patrolling the CO section, the amount of inappropriate behavior has dropped away to virtually nothing.
    Yes, there are people who chose to be naked outside the designated CO area; mainly between the designated area and Elements. I personally have spoken to a few of them, most say the signs say the Tyagarah Nature Reserve sign is where they have been told the CO section starts.
    Lst weekend I spoke to three couples warning them of the potential consequences of being naked outside the designated area.
    One couple immediately moved, the other two swore at me.
    About 10 minutes later, a Police 4wd cruised down from the Brunswick end and hopefully talked with them with more authority than I had.
    There is inappropriate behaviour and nudity and many beaches in Northern NSW, why this one is picked on so much I have no idea.
    I find it fascinating that even with local residents complaining, one or two are regular visitors to the CO section and hardly anyone goes to the North of Grey’s Lane. Hypocritical if you ask me. And I disapprove of any form of vandalism including authoritative signage.

  4. We frequent the beach (hetro couple) and will not stop sun baking nude just up from Elements and sometimes north of greys lane.. as we have been for years and done nothing to offend others – live and let live. If we see pervs we confront and they disappear quickly..


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