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Bare butts ban: No dropping your dacks at Dundowran

A PUSH for the opening of a legal nude beach in Dundowran has been shut down by the State Government.

Since September last year, Poona man John Hart and companion Marie Farmer have campaigned for the clothing-optional beach north of Hervey Bay.

The petition online said the pair were "seeking 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." 

The petition gained almost 1,500 signatures in less than eight months, but it was not enough for Police Minister Bill Byrne to allow Dundowran beach-goers to let it all hang out.

Are you disappointed the nude beach at Dundowran isn't going ahead?

This poll ended on 09 May 2016.

Yes I am disappointed the nude beach isn't going ahead - 57%

I'm happy it's not going ahead, I don't think it would have went well here - 32%

I'm not fussed either way - 10%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Mr Byrne said he sought advice from the Public Safety Business Agency before addressing the issues highlighted in the petition.

"I am advised that Inspector Roger Wilson from strategy division, PSBA, contacted the principal petitioners, Mr John Hart and Ms Marie Farmer, on 22 April to discuss this matter," Mr Byrne told the clerk of parliament.

"I understand that Inspector Wilson informed Mr Hard and Ms Farmer that current legislation in relation to wilful exposure is designed to provide for the protection and safety of Queenslanders.

"As such, I can advise that the Queensland Government has no plans to change the current legislation dealing with wilful exposure.

"Therefore, the designation of a clothing optional beach is not supported at this time."

John Hart and Marie Farmer have been approached for comment.

Topics:  bill byrne dundowran beach government parliament



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