The City of Rockingham will update signs at Port Kennedy’s nudist beach to ensure the precise location of free bathing is clear, after feedback from residents that the boundaries are too close to the beach’s main access way.
Nude bathing has been permitted at the beach since 1988.
But Port Kennedy residents last week questioned why “free beach” signs had been moved from their position about 100m down the beach to just 10m away from the beach’s main access way, in full view of beachgoers entering from Bayeux Avenue.
Residents also raised concerns about lewd behaviour on the beach, which was moving closer to the general beach boundary.
“At the very least, we do not want to walk down onto our beach from the most popular access way available to us and be confronted by this type of behaviour,” a resident, who requested that her name be withheld, said.
Mayor Barry Sammels said the City upgraded the signs in March in response to a complaint received about unclear delineation of boundaries.
“While additional signs were installed to clearly delineate the boundaries of the free beach, it appears there may have been unintentional consequences of the changes,” he said.
City staff will soon update the signs to make the precise location of the free bathing beach area clearer.