Raphael Lee Cass, Byron Bay
Jim Nutter’s letter (April 17) about the clothing-optional beach (COB) at Tyagarah ends up with a brief solution: put the COB at The Pass.
As with Byron Council’s ill-researched and unimplemented suggestion (with zero community input) of using the dog section of Belongil Beach for a COB, it will be unworkable.
Many beaches in the Shire could fit the terms of a COB. It needs to be police, ambulance, and wheelchair accessible. It needs to be close to social services like lifeguards and other people in case of problems like drowning, heart attack, and bad behaviour from other beach users.
Clothed people may not want to see naked people. So a densely populated beach won’t do.
There are people with mental health issues acting badly on all our beaches, in pubs, and on Jonson Street. The varied, often legitimate, often embellished complaints from the Tyagarah residents are tired and dated when juxtaposed with the police view that the Tyagarah area has had few complaints for many months since COB users and police have patrolled the area.
I met with the Tyagarah residents several times. My issue was to have a win/win solution: to make the beach safe for all and allow freedom of beachwear to the individual’s taste. The last I heard was they were not interested in any solution (eg move the COB or CCTV) other than closing the COB. They want a win/lose outcome.
As with all mature societies, inclusionism works. If you had one vegan in a non-specialised restaurant, you wouldn’t say, ‘No. No food for you.’ You feed them.