Welcome to the TravelPod forums
This is the place where TravelPod bloggers exchange travel tips with each other. Have a question? Ask one of our Local Experts by clicking "new topic" in any category.

 
Reply to this topicStart new topic
> Queensland's Nude Awakening
introducinlyric
post May 8 2008, 06:38 PM
Post #1


Rolling Stone
********

Group: Local Expert
Posts: 5348
Joined: 24-May 07
From: Sydney, Australia
Member No.: 56605




Article by Greg Roberts for The Australian

QUEENSLAND is set to fall in line with the rest of the country by designating its first beach for nudists.

The Bligh Government has joined newly elected Sunshine Coast Mayor Bob Abbot in signalling it would not oppose a clothing-optional beach on the tourist strip north of Brisbane.

Mr Abbot received a submission from the Free Beaches Association yesterday calling for one of three proposed beaches to be made clothing-optional.

The move followed the dismissal of a wilful exposure charge last week against Sunshine Coast artist and nudist Ken Wenzel.

All the states and territories except Queensland have designated clothing-optional beaches since South Australia declared the first, Maslin Beach near Adelaide, in 1975.

Sunshine Coast police have long turned a blind eye to nudism at , where thousands of nudists from around the country attend the annual Nude Olympics.

However, Free Beaches Association secretary Anita Grigg said police had vigorously pursued nudists at other beaches, even when sunbathers were discreet and the beaches isolated.

In dismissing the charge against Mr Wenzel, who was arrested on a beach at Coolum, south of Noosa, Maroochydore magistrate Barry Barrett accused the police of "victimisation and double standards".

Ms Grigg said the three beaches proposed to Mr Abbot were at Coolum, Mudjimba and Marcus Downs. Alexandria Bay was not proposed as it was in a national park under state control.

"All we have ever wanted is to be able to enjoy a day on the beach without having to look over our shoulders all the time," Ms Grigg said.

She said the three beaches were discreetly positioned and bathers would not be visible from roads or nearby homes.

Mr Abbot, a former Noosa mayor who was elected to head the newly amalgamated Sunshine Coast Regional Council in the March poll, said he would consider the nudists' submission and would not stand in the way of a clothing-optional beach.

"I don't have any issues with it either way," Mr Abbot said.

Police Minister Judy Spence said a clothing-optional beach would require amending the wilful exposure provisions of the Summary Offences Act.

Ms Spence said she would consider doing so if the Sunshine Coast council wanted to designate a beach.

"If the council came to me to request it, then we're prepared to look at it."

Ms Bligh said she would be happy to discuss the idea with Mr Abbot.


--------------------
Do You Want The Truth or Something Beautiful?
User is offlinePM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
starlagurl
post May 9 2008, 08:50 AM
Post #2


Rolling Stone
********

Group: Local Expert
Posts: 14509
Joined: 5-November 07
From: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Member No.: 103914




Nice, are you about to go, Gerre?


--------------------
User is offlinePM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post

Fast ReplyReply to this topicStart new topic

 


- Lo-Fi Version Time is now: 20th August 2014 - 10:43 PM
Top Hotel Destinations in Australia

Adelaide Hotels
Airlie Beach Hotels
Albany Hotels
Albury Hotels
Alice Springs Hotels
Apollo Bay Hotels
Ballarat Hotels
Bendigo Hotels
Brisbane Hotels
Broadbeach Hotels
Broome Hotels
Byron Bay Hotels
Cairns Hotels
Caloundra Hotels
Canberra Hotels
Coffs Harbour Hotels
Coolangatta Hotels
Darwin Hotels
Hervey Bay Hotels
Hobart Hotels
Launceston Hotels
Mackay Hotels
Main Beach Hotels
Margaret River Hotels
Maroochydore Hotels
Melbourne Hotels
Mooloolaba Hotels
Newcastle Hotels
Noosa Hotels
Palm Cove Hotels
Perth Hotels
Pokolbin Hotels
Port Douglas Hotels
Port Macquarie Hotels
Rockhampton Hotels
St Kilda Hotels
Surfers Paradise Hotels
Sydney Hotels
Toowoomba Hotels
Townsville Hotels



Copyright © 1997 - 2011 TravelPod.com, a proud founder of travel blogs on the web. All Rights Reserved.