Monday, October 03, 2005

Naked in Tasmania? Not Yet...


When no nudes is bad news ...

By ANNE MATHER

03 Oct05

TOURISTS are desperate for a nude beach in Tasmania, says a group of nudists.

The Southern Tasmanian Association of Nudists says it fields several calls a week from visitors keen to shed their clothes.

The association is pushing for the state's first nude beach this summer, to satisfy both local nudists and visitors.

The association's president, who wanted to be identified only as Kevin, said Tasmania was the only state in Australia without a nude beach.

But he said the recent influx of mainlanders moving to the state, as well as visitors, meant demand for a clothes-optional beach was rising.

"So many more people are moving to Tasmania from interstate and they are contacting us asking where they can go," Kevin said.

The nudists are seeking to raise their profile and numbers this summer to gather momentum for a nude beach.

The association received backing for the state's first nude beach from the State Government and Tasmania Police in 2000.

But no local council was willing to allow a nude beach, Kevin said.

Originally the association was pushing for clothes-optional beaches at Neck Beach on Bruny Island and Calverts Beach on South Arm.

But councils were not keen.

He said that although the beaches were secluded and unlikely to offend anyone, the proposal "went down like a lead balloon".

Local Government Association of Tasmania chief executive officer Alan Garcia said the nudists would probably still run up against objectors at whatever beach they chose.

"I don't expect councils will jump up and down and saying `yes please', because the reality is someone will object wherever the location," Mr Garcia said.

He said it was up to the nudists to demonstrate to councils that their activity would cause no problems.

Kevin said the number of nudist beaches and resorts was growing constantly in the rest of Australia.

"We're a great tourist destination, but there are a lot of tourists who we are missing out on," Kevin said.

"We have got the most beautiful beaches in Australia, our beaches would be perfect."

The law against nude sunbaking was repealed in 2003, but naked sunbaking is only permitted in areas that have received council approval.

The Southern Tasmanian Association of Nudists advertised at the weekend for people interested in becoming members.

Kevin said there were about 12 members in Hobart and about 50 nudists statewide.

Tourism Council of Tasmania chief executive officer Daniel Leesong said he doubted whether a nudist beach would attract great additional numbers of visitors to the state.

"From a tourism perspective I don't think it even ranks on the radar," he said.

Mr Leesong said he imagined nudists would prefer beaches in warmer climates.

Anyone interested in contacting the Southern Tasmanian Association of Nudists can email southerntasnudists@netspace.net.au

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Blogger tasnudists said...

Im from the uk and wofe from philippines , we frequently go to bakers beach where lots of mainlanders and locals go, textiles come and go and dont mind, and we have had no trouble going there in 2 years but we need More easily access points to beaches and legal nude beaches. Im sure there is more than 50 people in tasmania who would be interested in taking up this great lifestyle with families instead of having to travel over seas they could do it in tasmania. Im all for more beaches,come councils lighten up,strip of and go with the flow, remeber, its not rude to be nude!

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Blogger Bud said...

In a free democratic country anything that is not illegal is allowed. Any law to deny a citizen his preference must be clearly defined, including severity of punishment. Any law officer that cannot cite a specific law prohibiting an activity is violating your civil rights.
I am nude as I write this, by the pool at Caliente Resort in Florida. I would like a nude vacation next january in Tasmania, but instead will visit the Canary Islands. Nudists are rational people and do not go where there is no respect for civil rights. James Gambrell Florida USA 12Jan10

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