A 66-year-old Port Kennedy woman says perverts are giving Rockingham’s naturists a “bad rap”.
Bev Rayner has been going to Warnbro nude beach for about five years and enjoyed the company of other naturists.
“True naturists are not exhibitionist, it is not sexual for the regulars,” she said.
“They are genuine local people, men and women, who want to feel freedom.
“They are hard working, decent folk who want to get away from reality – the everyday grind.
“I listen to the birds, enjoy the sun on my body and take a dip in the ocean when it gets hot. People look me in the eye.”
Ms Rayner said the nude beach was self-policed, with undesirables being “hurried along”.
“Regular men patrol the beach and if they see anything unacceptable, they tell them to leave the beach,” she said.
“They soon put a stop to it.”
Ms Rayner came to the defence of naturists after South Metropolitan MLC Phil Edman called for the City of Rockingham to close Warnbro nude beach.
“I don’t have an issue with people choosing to be naked in the privacy of their own homes, but nudist beaches have the potential to attract sexual predators who prey on women and children,” Mr Edman said.
Some online chat forums encourage strangers to engage in group sex at Warnbro nude beach. A woman was indecently assaulted at the beach earlier this year.
But Ms Rayner said she would hate for the beach to be closed.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the Council had no plans to close the Port Kennedy Free Beach.
It has been established since 1988 and has become a popular beach for naturists, both within the City of Rockingham and the wider metropolitan area.
Over the years the City has continued to review the merits of the beach and worked closely with local police in ensuring any illegal activity is reported.
Signage is displayed to clearly identify the location of the beach to all beach users.
The City has received minimal complaints about the beach.