Nud­ists bare all in beach rally

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CLOTHES were shed en masse at Tya­garah Beach yes­ter­day as nud­ists and skinny dip­pers ral­lied for the per­ma­nence of a cloth­ing-op­tional beach.

The Nude Not Lewd rally was the first rally on the beach in more than 10 years.

By­ron Na­tur­ists Group staged the rally to send a mes­sage to By­ron Shire Coun­cil that ban­ning nu­dity would not make the beach safer.

Sun­rise res­i­dent Max­ine Hawker said the big turnout de­spite the cold, blus­tery weather was a show of sup­port to keep the cloth­ing-op­tional beach open and to “keep peo­ple safe from sex pests and preda­tors.”

Sun­shine Coast res­i­dent Jenni Parry said be­cause Queensland did not have a cloth­ing-op­tional beach, she vis­ited Tya­garah when she could, and had done so over the past five years.

“This beau­ti­ful beach is our only op­tion of be­ing le­gal,” Ms Parry said.

“I wont stand for any lewd be­hav­iour tak­ing away our chances of com­ing and re­lax­ing on a beach and em­brac­ing our bod­ies.

“It’s such a glo­ri­ous way to em­brace your­self. It’s the most amaz­ing free­dom there is in the world.”

“We nud­ists are the ones that are peace­ful...why would we get told we’re naughty when it’s not us (do­ing the wrong thing).”

She said the signs helped pre­vent in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­iour.

Tya­garah Beach has been an un­of­fi­cial nude beach for decades but af­ter a spike in sex­ual assaults By­ron Shire Coun­cil and NSW po­lice cracked down.

In March, the coun­cil ap­proved a six-month trial of a nude zone near Grays Lane but de­manded clothes be worn around El­e­ments Re­sort.

Na­tur­ists, the coun­cil, po­lice and the com­mu­nity agreed the in­creased sur­veil­lance had made the beach safer.

Photo: Jas­mine Burke

BARE ALL: Nude Not Lewd Rally at Tya­garah Beach to fight for clothes-op­tional beaches.

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