Park toi­lets close af­ter van­dal­ism

Narrogin Observer - - Observer News - Laura Gru­bisa

The male and fe­male toi­lets at Gnaro­jin Park were se­verely van­dalised last week, forc­ing their clo­sure to the pub­lic.

Po­lice say the of­fend­ers took a brick and smashed the bowl, basin and tiles in both toi­lets, caus­ing sig­nif­i­cant dam­age.

The van­dal­ism oc­curred be­tween 11am on Tues­day, June 13 and 9.30am on Wed­nes­day, June 14.

The Shire of Nar­ro­gin is pro­cess­ing an in­sur­ance claim to fa­cil­i­tate re­pairs, and dam­ages are es­ti­mated to be any­where be­tween $5000 and $15,000.

Shire chief Aaron Cook said the Shire was in the midst of a sig­nif­i­cant up­grade to the town’s CCTV op­er­a­tions, in­clud­ing the CCTV cam­era over­look­ing Gnaro­jin Park.

“There is a CCTV cam­era there cur­rently and we are ul­ti­mately go­ing through an up­grade as part of a $230,000 project,” he said.

“We ap­plied for a grant with WA Po­lice and as part of that, pre-ex­ist­ing cam­eras are be­ing re­placed, new cam­eras are be­ing in­stalled and the old cam­eras are be­ing re-utilised in other ar­eas.

“The town will have quite a sig­nif­i­cant CCTV net­work and we’re hope­ful it will be com­pleted in the next cou­ple of weeks.”

Gnaro­jin Park is also the site of a Chang­ing Places toi­let fa­cil­ity, which is under con­struc­tion and will be next to the cur­rent toi­let block.

“The Chang­ing Places fa­cil­ity is only for dis­abled and hand­i­capped per­sons and is a locked fa­cil­ity,” Mr Cook said.

“It is only avail­able to those who have ac­cess to the spe­cific pin code. “It will have an adult­size change ta­ble, lift­ing hoist, shower and toi­let; so an allin-one fa­cil­ity.”

The new fa­cil­ity is due to be com­pleted in early Au­gust and was sig­nif­i­cantly grant funded.

The Gnaro­jin Park toi­lets have been shut to the pub­lic af­ter van­dals caused sig­nif­i­cant dam­age to the male and fe­male fa­cil­i­ties.

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