Park toilets close after vandalism
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.