Wednesday, August 14, 2013

An update:

NUDE bathing looks set to continue at Tyagarah Beach, at least in the short term.
Byron Shire Councillors decided not to follow a staff recommendation to revoke a 1998 clothes-optional declaration.
Instead, a recommendation from Councillor Paul Spooner was adopted that will see the beach stay open for nude bathing while council investigates suitable alternative locations in the shire where clothes-optional bathing may be declared.
The recommendation to close the beach to nude/clothes-optional bathing came from the council's compliance team leader, David Murray, following complaints of anti-social behaviour in the area.
There was also concern that the original declaration may not have been valid because the management of that area rests with Crown Lands, the National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Marine Parks Authority.
The recommendation also states the council should consult with relevant community groups and state agencies about managing anti-social behaviour in regards to nude bathing.
Cr Spooner said it was clear to councillors that the issue of nude bathing was important to the community.
A report will be prepared for councillors to inform determinations regarding clothes-optional bathing and any future declarations.
Here is the rallying point for those that use Tyagarah beach now is the time to continue to let your voices be heard.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Byron nudist beach faces closure amid Aboriginal concerns

A report in the Northern Star local paper that can be read here:

It seems that the headline is a little mischievious as it appears that there is some doubt that the Byron Shire Council may have declared Tyagarah Beach as a legal clothing optional beach back in 1998 when it had no power to do so. 

The rest of the story consists of accusations of anti-social behaviour that according to an indigenous woman suggesting the behaviour could be considered a "desecration of a significant Aboriginal women's site".
I assume that the area is the Ti-Tree Lakes which apparently have significant import to the indigenous woman of the area.

As I said in my comment following the article "there is a point of agreement between the Traditional Owners and the vast majority of clothing optional beach users and that is that there is a need to enforce society's laws and if illegal anti social activity is taking place then the offenders need to be charged by Police. "

Anti-social behaviours cannot be allowed to take place on the few clothing optional beaches that we have as it just gives opponents to our lifestyle ammunition to seek closures.

For the far north coast this challenge comes on the heels of a possible closure of a car park that provides access to Kings Beach.

As I have said in a previous post: - The price of Beach is eternal vigilance!