Colac’s Memorial Square will have new public toilets under a plan that’s gained the support of Colac Otway Shire councillors.
Councillors this week voted to put a Memorial Square master plan out for public consultation.
Cr Jason Schram moved a motion for the master plan to include construction of new toilets, replacing the current toilet block at the west end of the square. The motion received unanimous support.
The original plan had proposed upgrading the existing toilet block, rather building a new one.
Cr Schram said community members had raised concerns with him about the inadequacy of the square’s toilets, especially when busloads of tourists stopped at the square, or when the square hosted community events.
“Memorial Square is something our community is very, very proud of,” he said.
Cr Joe McCracken said he agreed the square’s toilets needed improvement.
Cr McCracken suggested the council could also consider building a second set of toilets at the eastern end of the square, on Hesse Street.
Mayor Chris Potter said the council would lobby for funding for the toilets.
“Councillors recognise that there are deficiencies with the current toilets; they don’t cope with the tourist and local usage,” Cr Potter said.
“As part of the Memorial Square master plan, improvements or new toilets need to be included,” he said.
“We are relentless in flagging the failing infrastructure along the Great Ocean Road, and the toilets in the Memorial Square should not be forgotten either.”
Cr Potter said the council could look at having different types of toilets in the new block, to cater for tourists from different countries.
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