Human waste pollutes Great Ocean Road

Human waste and lack of toilets are polluting one of the Great Ocean Road’s popular lookouts.

HUMAN waste and toilet paper are polluting a popular Great Ocean Road lookout.

Tourism operator Sue Tate wants authorities to build toilets at Castle Cove, Glenaire, so tourists don’t need to resort to squatting at the roadside stop.

Mrs Tate visited Castle Cove on Monday to count the amount of faeces and toilet paper on the ground. She said she stopped counting at 60.

Mrs Tate and other business owners at Glenaire, about 30 kilometres west of Apollo Bay, say they are disgusted with the condition of the lookout and the lack of toilets.

“We have travelled extensively in Australia and the world and have never seen so much human poo and toilet paper at a roadside stop ever,” Mrs Tate said.

“In summer just the smell at the site is foul,” she said.

Mrs Tate, of CastleAire Bed and Breakfast, said the only toilet facility at Castle Cove was a sign directing people to the nearest toilet block, 15 kilometres away.

“The sign has been up there for a few months now; the thing is if they need to go, they need to go,” she said.

“A sign’s not going to stop them.”

Parks Victoria, Colac Otway Shire Council and VicRoads have developed a concept plan with upgrades for Castle Cove.

The plan proposes upgrades to walking tracks, the viewing area and carpark as well as interpretive and directional signs but no new toilet.

A sign will point to Lavers Hill as the next stop with toilets, petrol and cafes.

Council chief Rob Small said adding more toilet blocks was “a question of what infrastructure you could afford”.

“We might have 20 or 30 spots like that in that broad precinct and we can’t afford to put a toilet in every one of those,” he said.

Parks Victoria’s West Otway ranger in charge Jack Dinkgreve said the Castle Cove area was “very sensitive in terms of land stability, cultural heritage and environmental issues”.

“So it’s not really suited to any significant development,” Mr Dinkgreve said.

Mayor Stephen Hart said he was pleased Parks Victoria had developed the plan.

Cr Hart said a drop-in session at Lavers Hill on September 5 would give people a chance to have a say on the plan.

 

2 Responses to “Human waste pollutes Great Ocean Road”

  1. Great Ocean Road

    Apparently the latest reason for no toilets here is due to erosion. There is a lot of land here that won’t erode for 1000s of years. We’ve been campaigning for about 10 years to just put one toilet here. There has been lots of money spent on infrastructure that is not needed. The land at Castle Cove is very environmentally sensitive. I won’t take my children there due to the risk of stepping in something nasty.

  2. Helen Chambers

    Has Rob Small ever ventured outside his office and Colac? If he had ever visited the site he may not have been so dismissive of the issues raised and would realise that Castle Cove is unlike “20 or 30 spots like that in that broad precinct” Castle Cove is unique in that is where The Great Ocean Walk and The Great Ocean Road meet. It is also the only point where the Great Ocean Road touches the coast for a distance of some 70 kilometres between Apollo Bay and Princetown providing the designated lookout. It is also an intersection affording vehicle access to the Aire River Estuary and Camping Ground. As a consequence of these converging points, there is an impetus for travellers to stop, seek relief, information and a place to dispose of rubbish. The infrastructure department with in the shire and Parks Victoria all acknowledge the significance of this site in terms of the need for toilets – they have meet on site and discussed it many times – all to no avail.