Why police pounced on Sunshine Coast nudists

BREAKING: A total of 11 people copped a $243 fine each for bathing naked at Noosa's unofficial nudist beach, Alexandria Bay.

And the Sunshine Coast's top cop, District Superintendent Darryl Johnson said the people were aged between 29 and 79 years of age.

Nudists and Australian Sex Party candidate Robin Bristow told the Daily police were understood to have not been acting on complaints when they conducted a "blitz".

Roger Henderson said police were hiding in the bushes and "pouncing" on unsuspecting tourists and "a couple in their 80s".

Sup Johnson said however police were aware of the use of A-Bay for nude bathing and "continued to show discretion where possible".

However, police would "act upon complaints made by the public of unacceptable behaviour".

"Following specific information, police have been undertaking patrols within National Park for a variety of offences including Wilful Exposure," he said.

"(A total of) 11 people have been issued with Infringement Notices for Wilful Exposure for which the fine is $243."

Sup Johnson said while discretion was utilised, he reminded the public it was a public space, visited by "a cross section of our community including children".


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