Council set to tackle lack of public toilets

Colac Otway Shire Council will develop a strategy for all public toilets in the shire. Pictured are councillor Chris Potter, who pushed for the plan, and mayor Joe McCracken.

Colac Otway Shire Council will respond to ongoing concerns from residents and visitors about the shire’s public amenities with a strategy to tackle the inadequacy of toilets.

Councillor Chris Potter successfully moved a motion at the council’s monthly meeting to develop a strategy to map and understand the requirements for toilets on all publicly owned land in the shire, including at coastal areas, national parks and sporting grounds.

The Herald has previously reported concerns about the condition of public toilets at Apollo Bay and Lavers Hill during peak tourist season.

The State Government’s Otway Coast Committee manages toilets at Apollo Bay, with general manager Anthony Alfirenko telling the Herald last year that funding to maintain OCC facilities came from two OCC-managed caravan parks.

The council strategy, which is estimated to cost $30,000 to develop, will determine the location and condition of existing toilets, the demand for more toilets, and the potential for costs to be recovered from tourists using toilets in some areas.

“The toilet facilities across the shire are insufficient, they’re aged, they’re unclean and this has been heard by the politicians as well, but nothing has happened,” Cr Potter said.

See Wednesday’s Colac Herald for more.

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