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July 23, 2024


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Common knowledge

It is common knowledge shared by Byron Shire Council (BSC) water and sewer engineering staff and the director of...

I have lived in Byron Shire most of my life and my family, my children and I highly value Tyagarah clothing-optional beach (COB).

We are disappointed NPWS are closing the beach in August after operating as a legal COB since 1998, now deemed invalid due to a jurisdictional error.

We are disappointed by the quality of public engagement on this issue. A single two-hour workshop is not ‘extensive consultation’!

We are disappointed Council has taken no steps to proactively manage a transition to a new location. Mayor Lyon and the general manager have known about the NPWS plan since May 2023 and other councillors have been aware since February 2024.

Naturism is a legitimate lifestyle choice and a proportionate amount of public space should be allocated for its expression.

Over 150 people attended a snap protest rally straight after the initial NPWS announcement back in February. And over 7,700 people have signed a petition to reverse the decision.

Clearly, there is a HUGE public demand for a legal COB in Byron Shire.

Naturists do not want to be deprived of a safe and legal place to exercise a basic freedom.

We ask Council to urgently

start the process for establishing a new COB in Byron Shire.

Bradley Benham, President, NR Naturists

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    • Hi Brett, in reply to your question. Council at an ordinary meeting in which Tyagarah was back on the Agenda, carried over many months back in 2018, basically during discussion of signage to be installed marking boundaries. Councillors literally had no idea of the southern boundary of Tyagarah Clothing Optional Area so threw their hands up and decided there and then to make it 800 metres from Northern Boundary. That decision alone was to shorten the beach by 300 metres.
      I believe initially the area was a lot further south with mapping showing start was 1.25km north of Manfred Street (Dog Beach).


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