Nude beach at Mudjimba or A-Bay
The community is ready to rally against a proposal to establish a nudist beach at Mudjimba, according to Sunshine Coast councillor Debbie Blumel.
Freebeach Australia members have narrowed down their search for an official clothing optional beach to Mudjimba and the Coast’s unofficial nudist beach, Alexandria Bay near Noosa.
Freebeach vice-president Mark Hayter yesterday said Mudjimba would be more suitable.
“Access to Alexandria Bay is a problem and Mudjimba has plenty of parking and easy access,” Mr Hayter said.
But Ms Blumel, whose division takes in Mudjimba, said local community members had made it clear they did not want a nude beach.
She said she would not only vote against asking the state government to make the stretch of sand Queensland’s first legal nudist beach, she would also passionately debate the matter.
Ms Blumel was tolerant of the group and said many people in division eight were also tolerant, but insisted the Maroochy North Shore was not an appropriate place - even if signs were erected to warn people they were about to enter a nude bathing area.
“It’s not for people to be warned off our beaches,” Ms Blumel said.
“(Freebeach Australia) need to find a beach that is not being used because the answer to this (proposal) is 'no'.
“Beaches on the North Shore are being used by families who want to enjoy a beach with their clothes on.”
Mr Hayter said the group was considering an isolated stretch.
He said the group decided to disregard Stumers Creek and Third Bay, which had been in the original proposal, after a recent meeting with mayor Bob Abbot.
Mr Abbot said he was not the champion of the group and the issue was not high on his list of priorities but he would take the proposal to a council meeting.
He felt Mudjimba would be inappropriate and thought the group would have more success with Alexandria Bay.
“It’s isolated, there are no residents anywhere near it and there’s little chance of people wandering and stumbling upon it,” he said.
He said the council might seek public opinion on the matter and it could take six weeks for the item to make it on to the agenda.
Sunshine Coast Surf Lifesaving Queensland services coordinator Byron Mills said nude bathers would be treated the same as clothed swimmers wherever they were.
“If it’s a designated area, we need to keep people safe.” Mr Mills said.