No ‘official’ nude beaches for Noosa
Member for Noosa Glen Elmes today voiced his support of the Queensland Police Minister Bill Byrne’s stance on nude beaches.
“The Police Minister has rejected a petition to create a ‘clothing optional beach’ on the basis that Queensland’s wilful exposure laws were designed to protect citizens and keep them safe.
“While public safety is clearly the most important consideration, it is has been my firm belief for some time that there are a myriad of other factors such as environmental and social impacts as a result of the proclamation of an ‘official nudest beach’- particularly those that are located in a designated National Park, such as Noosa’s Alexandra Bay.
“A-Bay has been an unofficial nude beach for as long as I can remember and has been quietly accepted by the community because it is remote and easily avoided.
“Lobbyists for A-Bay to be made an official nudist beach purported in recent times that such a move would attract an additional 100,000 bathers to the beach each year.
“If the population were to expand in this way, additional services would be required to support such growth, including the need for surf life savers, toilet and shower facilities, car parking and access for emergency services.
“The introduction of additional infrastructure like this is just not feasible in a National Park, and would be wildly opposed by conservation and environmental groups, not to mention Noosa rate payers who would be left to pick up the bill.
“Where would Sunshine Beach Surf Lifesaving Club find volunteer resources during the summer, and Noosa Council during the Winter months? Similarly, where would our already stretched police force find the extra resources required to keep patrons safe.
“I am pleased the verdict is in and that it is a No, “ Mr Elmes said.