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Petition launched for nude beach on the Fraser Coast

DARE TO BARE: Seeing naked people could become a regular occurrence at Dundowran Beach if a push for a nudist beach is successful.
DARE TO BARE: Seeing naked people could become a regular occurrence at Dundowran Beach if a push for a nudist beach is successful.

BARE bums and full-frontal nudity could soon be a regular sighting at Dundowran Beach.

A Poona man is pushing for swimmers and sunbakers to have the right to bare it all by establishing a legal nudist beach in Dundowran.

John Hart is the Poona resident who launched the petition to eliminate tan lines and legally make a Fraser Coast beach clothing optional.

Mr Hart's petition was sponsored by Maryborough MP Bruce Saunders and has gained 107 signatures since it was posted on September 1.

"We are seeking your support to have the right for a selected beach within Fraser Coast electorate or elsewhere in the State of Queensland to be classified as clothing optional for the recreational use of those who so wish to sunbathe or swim nude without the fear of prosecution," Mr Hart wrote.

Although Bruce Saunders sponsored the petition, he stopped short of supporting the skinny dipping push.

"It's up to the people - if there's enough support for it then we should have it," he said. But Mr Saunders confirmed he would not visit the beach if the law was changed. "I don't want to be sitting on the beach with my body," he joked. Australian Naturist Magazine editor Stuart Whelan said there was an increase in demand for nudist beaches, and the Fraser Coast could cash in.

"You've got some of the most beautiful beaches in Australia - it's just a pity they can't be enjoyed, clothing optional," he said.

"Once you've tried swimming in the sea without a cotton rag around your waist, you won't go back - it's a liberating experience."

But councillor for Dundowran Beach Rolf Light had reservations about allowing nudity on the "family beach".

"I would have grave concerns for that to be allowed," he said.

"I have to challenge the need for it."

Cr Light said he had passed on complaints about "unsavoury activity" by people to police.

In December a mother spoke to the Chronicle about "naked strangers - believed to be engaging in group sex" at Dundowran Beach.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said it was the first time anyone had raised the issue of a nude beach with him. "It's not my personal preference - some modesty and decorum is what's required," he said.

Topics:  bruce saunders, dundowran beach, editors picks, rolf light



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