After 29 years, Melbourne’s nudists will be banned from the last metropolitan nude beach.
Nude bathing will be banned at Campbells Cove in the city’s west from September 1, after Wyndham City Council said it was too close to the growing suburb of Point Cook, Planning Minister Richard Wynne says.
“It’s a massive growth area and urban growth is clashing with the nudist beach. It’s now an area for families,” Mr Wynne told reporters on Wednesday.
There have been no reports of any unsavoury activity at the beach and urban growth is the only reason given for the nudity ban.
But Australian Sex Party leader Fiona Patten says the number of places for swimmers to enjoy their natural state are already limited in Victoria.
Growing pressure for more clothing-optional beaches means the ban should be overturned, she says.
“There is nothing more beautiful and natural than the human body, so what exactly is the minister trying to protect people from?” Ms Patten asked.
“The planning minister and Wyndham City Council are being wowsers – plain and simple.”
Nudists can still head to the beach in their birthday suits at Torquay and Lorne.