Nudist launches petition to stop Tyagarah Beach closure

A ‘naturist’ has launched a petition to stop the imminent closure of a popular nudist beach near one of Australia’s prime tourist hotspots, promising to fight to keep the beach a place of “fun and freedom”.

Tyagarah Beach, about 10 minutes north of Byron Bay, has been a “clothes-optional” spot for tourists and locals since the 1990s, but the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service looks set to close down the nudist beach on environmental concerns.

Bradley Benham has responded with a “Save Tyagarah Beach” petition calling on NSW Environment Minister Penny Sharpe the reverse the department’s decision.

“Legal outdoor spaces for the naturist community are rare in NSW and Australia and this beach is highly valued by both committed and casual naturists throughout the Northern Rivers and Southeast Queensland,” the petition states.

“Nude recreation is a legitimate way of life and the local community, interstate and international visitors have the right to some public space where this freedom can be expressed.

“The Tyagarah clothing-optional beach has been a place of fun and freedom since it was created by community activism over 25 years ago.

“Thousands of people now enjoy this beach responsibly.

“Closing the beach on such short notice and without public consultation or the offer of an alternate location is unfair.”

Byron Bay Shire Mayor Michael Lyon confirmed to NCA NewsWire the beach was state-owned and fell outside of council’s control.

“It’s owned by national parks,” he said.

The council decided to keep the beach clothes-optional in a 5-4 vote in its last term, but the decision is now moot given the imminent takeover from the state government.

“National Parks have clearly indicated they are going to remove that designation,” he said.

Mr Lyon said the expected closure of the nudist beach would not have “any impact” on the character of Byron Bay.

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