How councillors’ project was flushed with success


If you need to go… Regents Park Library will soon have a public toilet.

Story appeared in: Review | July 16th, 2018



LABOR councillors have been quizzed on their "obsession" with public toilets.
Liberal Councillor Ross Grove made several tongue-in-cheek comments during a discussion on a proposal for a public toilet facility at Regents Park Library by Labor Councillors George Campbell and Kun Huang.
"You know Telstra's removing phone boxes all over the city but there are plenty of other places for you guys to have your branch meetings," Cr Grove said.
"Just go to a coffee shop or something … you might need to recruit some more members you know, but coffee shops are good. I just think you should try them."
Acknowledging his previous support for a controversial public toilet at Berala, Cr Campbell suggested wryly that he was "trying to establish a reputation", before taking a more serious tone and saying that he'd asked for costings for a unisex toilet because of concerns raised by residents and library users.
He said after speaking to library staff, he believed there was both sufficient demand and the estimated $70,000 cost, which included relocating an existing public computer area within the library, was "doable within the budget".
Advice from the general manager noted that the closest other toilet facilities in the area were at the adjacent community hall which were inaccessible to both library users and the public. A standalone amenities block available at Guilfoyle Park, was also considered to be "too far away for seniors or people with disability".
Councillors unanimously gave their tick of approval for work on the project to begin in the first quarter of the 2018/19 financial year.



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