Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Squeeze the Sleaze; a[euro][approximately]Make Nude Beaches Legal and You'll Stop the Perverts'

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Squeeze the Sleaze; a[euro][approximately]Make Nude Beaches Legal and You'll Stop the Perverts'

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Byline: Richard Bruinsma

AN OUTSPOKEN nudist suggests the "sleazy elements" that visit nude beaches would be eradicated if clothes-optional beaches became legal in Queensland.

Rocky Ind, a full-time nudist who organised the recent Alexandria Bay Beach Carnival, said legalising nude beaches - like Noosa's Alexandria Bay - would give genuine nudists the authority to evict the creeps.

"Everywhere they've put legalised nude beaches, it becomes self-policing. It gets rid of the sleazy element," Mr Ind said.

"Anywhere that becomes nude, well then they've got something to say to those who are not doing the right thing."

Mr Ind's expert input follows two recent incidents on Sunshine Coast beaches.

In the first, a lone female jogger was approached on Alexandria Bay beach by a male nudist who shoved a camera into her hands and asked her to take his photo.

In the second incident, a nude man approached three teen beachgoers last week at Coolum's Second Bay.

"My opinion of these people, and the opinion of the vast majority of the nudists in Australia, is that these people are not genuine nudists," Mr Ind said.

"People in the nude should be avoiding those people, not out there on display, in your face, as it were.

"The incidence of this sort of behaviour is just about zero in legalised nude beaches. You don't get that sort of interaction."

Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said having legal nude beaches did not match the Sunshine Coast's family image. …

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