A Kennett River café owner and the tourist town’s new MP say the Federal Government needs to deliver funding for the town’s permanent public toilets.
The concern follows sewage leaks at Kennett River’s temporary public toilets during the long weekend and other peak times.
Kafe Koala General Store owner Laurence Hennessy said temporary facilities that Colac Otway Shire Council installed last year had been a big improvement for the town, and helped handle the high level of tourist traffic that stopped at Kennett River to watch wildlife and use loos.
But she said the town’s toilets struggled to cope during peak season, when Kennett River could receive up to 1000 visitors a day.
“There are those peak times when it hit the fans, we had a super bumper long weekend – on par with Christmas – and it just couldn’t handle it,” Ms Hennessy said.
The Federal Government last year announced $1.9 million for Kennett River as part of a City Deal for the region, including public toilets and a water treatment facility, but Ms Hennessy said the community was still unsure about when the funding would arrive.
“We have been left a little in the lurch, we haven’t had an update on when it’s happening, and we haven’t been updated on the whole process as regularly as we’d like.
See today’s Colac Herald for more.