15.4 C
Byron Shire
May 10, 2021

Pass the nude

Latest News

Join Clarkes Beach paddle out this weekend to stop massive oil and gas field project

Hundreds of local surfers and water-lovers will paddle out at Clarke’s Beach over the weekend to protest against a massive oil and gas field proposed for the NSW coast.

Other News

Honouring midwives on their International day

Many of us have a midwife to thank for our safe arrival from the womb, these specialised 'catching' hands are a blessing to both mum and bub in hospitals and in the home.

Belongi Spit

John Lazarus, Byron Bay An update on proposed development of the Belongil Spit site, for the information particularly of those...

Editorial: The beef about meat

Firstly, let me declare an interest: I have been a vegetarian for 49 years, so tasty cow parts are not high on my agenda.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and Beyond

A huge amount of entertainment all crammed into one space.

Byron Bay’s first ever matured spirit wins gold medal at London Spirit Competition

While the Northern Rivers region is well known for its environment and lifestyle, it is also becoming known for...

Interview with Madeleine West

Madeleine West is a nationally acclaimed actress who is one of the many talents who lives in our region. Not just a soap star (some might know her as Dee Bliss from Neighbours), Madeleine has an extensive performance training background and she’s going to be sharing her Theatresports expertise with kids at the Byron Comedy Fest.

Jim Nutter,  Main Arm

Once again the letters section in both our local papers continues the ‘debate’ on ‘nude bathing’ in our Shire.

As in politics, the protagonists try to describe the battlefield and the rules of engagement in their own terms and to their own advantage. This rarely leads to clarity.

Firstly, we have the ‘nimby’ approach, which is fully understandable, as is the position of the people who wish to enjoy being naked at the beach (and anywhere else for that matter). There are those who might think it’s really strange that people would object to people being naked because of the belief that the human body is obscene and must be hidden – especially on a continent where nakedness was the norm for 60,000 years plus. This, where pornography has been normalised and is a large scale industry. As in so much political debate, there is little attention paid to the fundamentals.

The fundamentals in the nude debate are that nudity is abhorrent, against whitefella law, and the ‘Old Testament’. If allowed at all it must be hidden from innocent eyes, that is, in remote places. Because the locals at Tyagarah are aware of the dangers that arise from the remoteness (NIMBY) rather than accepting that, some people are prepared to spend a lot of taxpayers’ money on obviously unworkable schemes.

Lest we continue this war of words for the next 30 years I suggest the clothing-optional beach be at The Pass. It is close, fully observable and sign-able. Prudish surfers might complain or they may not.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Man dead after boat capsizes near Yamba

Police say a man has died and a second has been taken to hospital after a boat capsized south of Yamba this morning.

Jonson Street bus shelter gone and an era ended

Byron Shire Council says that the wooden bus shelter on Jonson Street outside the Byron Visitors Centre is being removed today with all bus services operating from the new bus interchange on Butler Street in Byron Bay

Upside down river

Tim Harrington, Lennox Head Letter contributor Richard White (letters 21/4/21) quite correctly identifies the Richmond River as an ‘upside down river’ and nowhere is this more...

Ballina Dragons’ great results at Urunga

The Ballina Dragon Boat Racing Club is a group of paddling people from all walks of life who enjoy being out on the water having fun and keeping fit.