Twenty years of nude bathing at Tyagarah beach is set to continue after Byron Shire Council voted to retain its clothing optional status despite a staff recommendation to end it.
Nude bathing at Tyagarah Beach could be banned within weeks if councillors support Byron Council staff’s recommendation at today’s meeting to revoke the beach’s clothes-optional declaration.
A group of naturist women and skinny dippers from Byron Shire say they do not feel intimidated visiting Tyagarah’s clothing optional beach, despite claims from some locals that it remains a haunt for sexual predators and exhibitionists.
Paul Rea, Coorabell. More power to Ms Hawker for contesting her fine for bathing nude and to Magistrate Dunleavy for finding her actions were not calculated to cause offence etc. And yes, the police were just doing their job. But clearly... Read More →
Magistrate Dunlevy told Byron Bay local court on Friday that a Sunrise resident had no case to answer for bathing naked at the tea tree lakes at Grays Lane in January.
Byron Councillors voted at last Thursday’s meeting to continue a trial of changed conditions at the shire’s only official nude beach at Tyagarah but emphasised there was no guarantee the beach would remain clothing optional long-term.
Tyagarah residents told a meeting on Thursday they are pleased to see the change in behaviour at the area’s clothing-optional beach, which they say had become a hotspot for sexual predators. But activist Dean Jefferys said the police needed to show more tolerance towards skinny dippers shire-wide.
D James, Myocum. As I peacefully walked along the beach in the middle of the designated clothing-optional area on Sunday (February 4) a four-wheel drive police car pulled up next to me and stopped. Both of the officers inside the... Read More →
Bruce Clarke, Ewingsdale. Last Saturday at Tyagarah beach I observed police walking down the sand dunes to arrest a young couple and an older man just a few hundred metres north of the designated area, not for any alleged improper... Read More →
Yuti McLean, Mullumbimby. It is shame a ‘harmless’ 60-year-old couple doing a skinny dip got fined. However seen in context of the whole issue in the whole region we can look at the practical sides of fixing up this dilemma.... Read More →
Almost 20 years to the day since Byron celebrated an historic Nude Ain’t Rude rally on Belongil beach, local activists and nature lovers are asking if it’s time to hold another. The call follows the arrest of four people in just a few weeks for swimming naked in a quiet area of beach.
Dean Jeffreys, Mullumbimby. News that police are fining people $500 for naked sunbathing at an isolated beach area show how much the police are wasting resources instead of looking after the community’s real needs. This victimisation is what happened 20... Read More →
Ali Leonard, Mullumbimby. Today I decided to visit Tyagarah to see if it is still the safe and beautiful place I remembered. 20 years ago I used to come here with my girl friends and we would swim in the... Read More →
Police say that they have seen a reduction in antisocial behaviour since Byron Shire Council erected signage at Tyagarah clothing-optional beach a month ago. To celebrate, the Byron Naturists group will hold a sports and social day on the beach this coming Sunday,
Gwen Gould, Tyagarah. I have been fence sitting on the matter of optional clothing at Tyagarah as I like to think we live in a free and open community and I did not want to see another restriction put on our... Read More →
After complaints by members of the public regarding sexual harassment and inappropriate behaviour in the Tyagarah Nature Reserve, police have commenced daily patrols of the area – and in the last week have arrested four men.
Byron Shire Council today resolved to continue to allow nude bathing on a reduced stretch of Tyagarah Beach, starting 200 metres south of Grays Lane and ending well north of Elements Resort.
Perverts! Sickos! The Tyagarah nude beach is being portrayed as a hotbed of deviance. Other voices need to be heard in this debate.
Debra Conomy, Towards Beach Safe Committee. Dear Councillors, We would like to make you aware of the The Towards Safe Beach Committee which was established earlier this year by local naturists and others to address offensive behaviour at the nude beach... Read More →
Anthony Pangallo, Skinners Shoot. I have lived in the Shire for 23 years. Council’s resolution of October 1998 was at the time a mere formality in designating an area for clothes-optional bathing in the Shire. Prior to this, it was always... Read More →
Raphael Lee Cass, Byron Bay. Paul Spooner takes the easy way out, proposing to cancel the clothing-optional beach near Grays Lane. But effort is needed to fix the issues there. If someone assaults a person at an AFL game the local... Read More →
Stuart Whelan, Publisher/Editor, TAN Magazine. I read with some concern Councillor Paul Spooner’s comments in The Echo that he plans to move a motion calling for the revoking of the clothing optional status for the section of the beach which... Read More →
Karen McLean, Mullumbimby. DJ of Myocum suggests we have a proper debate about the proposed removal of clothing optional status of Tyagarah Beach. A proper debate means from my understanding that each of us show a genuine willingness to listen... Read More →
DeeJay, Myocum. It is laudable that a certain councillor considers provision of a safe environment for all our residents to be a prime concern of council. His recent interview with the Echo suggests that the reports of two sexual assaults... Read More →
This weekend's Nude Olympics will go ahead at Belongil Beach as planned but a meeting of Byron Shire Council will consider revoking the beach's clothing-optional status after a spate of reported sexual harassment and assault.