Syringe concern in Colac toilets

A resident made an alarming discovery at a public toilet in Colac.

A resident made an alarming discovery at a public toilet in Colac.

A COLAC man says he was alarmed to find signs of drug use in a Colac public toilet.

Peter Lloyd said he discovered syringes in a cubicle at toilets near the corner of Hesse and Bromfield streets about 9am Friday morning.

He said he contacted Colac Otway Shire Council to report his find and he waited at the toilet for more than an hour for a council worker to arrive to remove the syringes.

“I was concerned other people would stumble on it, young kids walking down using the toilets, or any member of the public,” Mr Lloyd said.

“It’s disgusting, I’ve never seen that here before,” he said.

A Colac Otway Shire Council spokeswoman confirmed workers had cleaned at 7.38am that morning, with the syringes found less than 90 minutes later.

Colac Otway Shire Council chief executive Sue Wilkinson said the Comfort Station provided a sharps container, but said the council was “always concerned and disappointed when community facilities are used for drug activity”.

“Council has reported the syringe discovery to police, and our contractors removed the sharps after being made aware of them,” Ms Wilkinson said.

“We urge anybody who finds syringes at public places to contact us immediately; never attempt to dispose of the syringes yourself,” she said.

Sergeant Tim Kerrison of Colac police urged anyone finding used syringes to contact police or Crime Stoppers.

“If anyone sees or suspects drug related activity, police need to know about it,” Sgt Kerrison said.

“If you call Crime Stoppers, that information will be captured and acted upon,” he said.

 

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