With more families moving to Point Cook, beachgoers in one of Melbourne's fastest-growing areas are no longer comfortable with their local beach being a nude haunt. Victorian Planning Minister Richard Wynne announced today that the official "clothing optional" status of Campbells Cove beach has been revoked beginning September 1.
“When declared a nude beach in 1986, Campbells Cove offered a privacy to bathers which simply isn’t available any more, with more families moving to the area," said Wynne. “The Point Cook area is thriving; Wyndham is one of the fastest growing municipalities in the country. Our laws need to keep pace with population growth.”
Wyndham City council last year voted to ask the Planning Minister to revoke the nude beach designation based on feedback from the local community. Councillor Peter Maynard said people are no longer comfortable at having the clothing optional beach nearby, particularly now as urban growth is encroaching on the area and families have begun to gather socially, making use of the boathouse precinct and the shoreline of Port Philip Bay. “Council will also look to make improvements to the area in future, which will lead to even more people and families making use of the precinct,” said Maynard.
Victoria has three other nude beaches, Sunnyside North Beach at Mount Eliza, Point Impossible Beach and Southside Beach near Torquay.