Nudist beach sting catches out couple in their 80s
BREAKING: Nudists at the Sunshine Coast's "unofficial" clothing optional beach claim police have "blitzed" the area and fined a couple in their 80s for baring all.
Mark Hayter, of the Free Beach Association, said he was down at Alexandria Bay, in the Noosa National Park on Sunday and had heard about the blitz.
"I heard they booked a lot of foreigners and two people in their 80s," Mr Hayter said.
Roger Henderson also wrote to the Daily and advised police had been doing a "blitz".
"The police were not willing to explain the reason for the blitz, but managed to give out tickets to a number of people for being naked," he said
"In particular, a couple in their 80s were nabbed as well as tourists from other parts of the world.
"The police have been turning up, hanging around in the bushes for an hour or two and then leaping out and pouncing on unsuspecting beach goers.
"As I said, there has been no explanation why the sudden interest.
"The beach is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike and has been the unofficial "clothing optional beach" for a number of decades.
"The blitz is killing tourist numbers and news of it will soon circulate on social media and the internet giving Noosa a bad name indeed."
Australian Sex Party Senate Candidate, Robin Bristow, had also received an "eye-witness report" of a couple who were "pensioners" being fined.
Mr Bristow said he understood there had been no complaints from the public in the lead up to the police going to the beach.
"It appears police did this on their own bat," he said.
He said police were "hiding in the bushes" and booking the nude swimmers.
"They are damaging our economy.
"We demand legal clothing optional beaches in Queensland."
He called on Noosa Council to break its silence on the issue.
"It needs to declare its position and lobby the State Government to allow them to assign what beaches are to be clothing optional," he said.
"The buck passing has been going on long enough."
Noosa Council advised earlier this week Alexandria Bay was not council-controlled land.
"It is part of the Noosa National Park which is a state responsibility. Currently there are no legal nude beaches in Queensland," a spokesman said.
"If Alexandria Bay was to be designated as a clothing- optional beach, such a decision would have to be made at the state level."
The Daily has approached police for comment.
Queensland Police Minister Bill Byrne rejected a request for Queensland to legalise clothing optional beaches in May.
And in further bad news for nudists, an appeal judge upheld a wilful exposure conviction at Alexandria Bay in February.
The decision by Judge DCJ Jones in the Maroochydore District Court meant police had fresh case law to back them when charging people nude sunbathing at the popular Noosa spot.