Nudist beach rally turned out to be a flop

AS PROTESTS go, it was never short on naked ambition, but the rally at unofficial nudist beach Alexandria Bay failed to flesh out its stark objective.

And that was a mass showing of nudists to protest a recent police crackdown on people doing what they have done for decades at Noosa's national park beach hideaway - and that's walk about free of the confines of clothes.

The man behind yesterday's call for a nudist rally at Alexandria Bay was Rayner Muekenberger, who recently attracted media attention for agreeing to host a swingers' party at his nudist retreat at Doonan.

Mr Muekenberger said the rally idea had been "to have all the nudists come up here and protest".

His call attracted the support of a sole supporter in Lily, a pro-nude beach woman from Maroochydore. Yet, like Mr Muekenberger, she kept her clothes on.

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Mr Muekenberger did strip to the waist for a television interview, which followed reports of at least one recent arrest at Alexandria Bay by a local police patrol.

Mr Muekenberger is upset that too many local politicians are sitting on the fence on the issue rather than declaring support for a legal nude beach in Noosa.

He has heard the criticisms that the beach has attracted people who strip down and perform lewd acts, but he said if the beach was declared a clothes-free area, "you could make certain rules and laws that we have a surfguard (lifeguard) here".

"If anyone does anything lewd, he could be evicted and fined,'' Mr Muekenberger said.

Lily said she supported the health benefits of nude beach-going and agreed with Mr Muekenberger's belief that "perverts" could be kept away if a legal area was set aside, adding that "perverts are everywhere".

As for the three or four nudists sitting discreetly in the beach dunes, one refused to comment, and the others put their clothes on.

Last week, Northern Division police Inspector Mike Miley said patrols had been monitoring Alexandria Bay after visitors complained about behaviour on the beach.

"There was an initial complaint of people down there and police are just instigating more patrols at this stage," he said.

The added attention has drawn the ire of the naturists who have made the secluded beach their own for the past two decades. Queensland is the only state that does not allow nude beaches, but that has not stopped Alexandria Bay from becoming one of Australia's top destinations for the clothes-free community.

Insp Miley did not detail the incident that caused the increased patrols nor did he say what charges naked beachgoers could face.

"There was an initial complaint of people down there and police are just calling for initial patrols at this stage," he said.

He added: "It all depends on the offence. What they are doing at the time."


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