Nudists fear they will be stared at like ‘animals in a zoo’ if new plan to build a walkway over famous naturist beach goes ahead
- Fears for proposed elevated walkway at a popular nudist beach in Sydney’s east
- Millionaire financier wants to boost access at South Head near Lady Bay Beach
- Locals and nude beachgoers fear the area’s privacy and beauty will be ruined
The privacy of visitors at a popular nudist beach could be under threat from proposed development.
Locals and nudists are furious with proposed plans for an 60 metre elevated walkway at the secluded Lady Bay Beach near South Head in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.
It’s part of millionaire financier Angus Murray’s $80million proposal to improve accessibility to that part of Sydney Harbour National Park, including a new 3kmwheelchair accessible path.
Sydney’s Lady Bay Beach at South Head is a popular spot for swimmers who want to bare all
While a ‘privacy screen,’ is proposed, nude beachgoers fear they will be stared at like ‘animals in a zoo’ if the development goes ahead, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
Lady Bay is one of a few Sydney beaches where clothing is optional.
A retired beachgoer who has been going there for 20 years described the plan as ridiculous and says he would feel like an animal in a zoo.
One tourist fears the secluded spot’s privacy and the beauty would be ruined.
Australian Naturist Federation spokesman Stuart Whelan described the plans as ‘absolutely horrific’.
‘No one likes to be gawked at like a goldfish in a bowl,’ he told the publication.
There are growing fears for privacy if plans to build an elevated walkway go ahead
The secluded Lady Bay is one of a handful of Sydney beaches where clothing is optional
A Woollahra Council spokesman said needs to receive more detailed information on the proposal before it can be assessed.
Mr Murray also proposes to restore eight heritage buildings and the Signal Hill Battery war tunnels in the national park.
He also hopes to ferry tourists to the small headland from Circular Quay for a small fee but denied locals claims of a ‘commercial takeover’ of the protected headland.
Australian Naturist Federation described the plans for nudist beach as ‘absolutely horrific’
Lady Bay has been recognised as a nudist beach since 1976.
According to the Wollahra Council website, the beach had several names including ‘Haul’, Ladies ‘Haul’, and ‘Lady Jane’
‘Fish were often netted off it, lady swimmers hauled up the cliff on ropes with Lady Jane possibly having been an allusion to a principal character in the Gilbert & Sullivan opera Patience,’the website states.
Locals and nudists fear Lady Bay Beach’s privacy and beauty is under threat from development