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: http://www.northernstar.com.au/news/redress-for-nude-beach/1972544/
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!