We’ve recently been alerted to a new online petition currently running to get a legalised clothing optional beach at Alexandria Bay in the Noosa National Park. Home of the annual nude olympics and a popular unofficial nude beach for at least 25 years, ABay has struggled to get legal status in the past with all of the usual “buck passing” political antics that seems to occur at CO beaches all around Australia!! Politics and clothing optional beaches have never seemed too comfortable together, and many of us are very familiar with the tried-and-tested “it’s a State Govt decision”; “no it’s a council decision”; “no it’s a Parks and Wildlife decision” (and so on, rinse and repeat).
In Victoria, where there are 4 legal clothing optional beaches (although probably only 3 in the not too distant future), the local council is responsible for the beach up to the foot of the dunes or cliffs, while Parks is responsible for the dunes and further inland some distance. The State Government planning minister takes direction from the councils, after appropriate community consultation. It would seem the process is not too dissimilar in Queensland, as highlighted in news articles when this has been tried in the past in Mudjimba in 2008; ABay in 2008 with Anna Bligh and local mayor support; and ABay again in 2011 with a reader poll showing 83% support.
You can take a look at the petition and show your support, the goal is 1000 signatures – all our beaches around the country require not just beach users but also nudist and clothing optional supporters to get involved. Every vote does actually count, and yours is needed now!