Relief is on the way at Cow Bay
THE long-awaited and much ballyhooed Cow Bay toilet is fast approaching completion. The structure is up, and the safety barrier looks about ready to be taken down (before it completes the process of falling down).
Beach-goers, both regulars and tourists, are pleased that the restroom is now in place and will be operational soon.
Cow Bay resident Penelope McCavitt sang the praises of the facility finally being done.
“It is not as bad as I thought it would be,” Ms McCavitt said, “it is certainly an essential and valuable part of the beach area for a whole load of reasons.”
Since Easter 2015 the popular visitor and local destination has been without restrooms, following a decision by Queensland Parks and Wildlife to destroy the old toilet due to structural and safety concerns.
That set off an uproar in the community, the ultimate result of which was the Douglas Shire Council, and Mayor Julia Leu resolving that the Council (with some funding from QP&W) to re-establish the facility on council property in the existing car park.
Due to a variety of environmental, design, and construction issues, the wait for the toilet has been long.
The primary concerns of, particularly residents, was the potential environmental, visual and aesthetic issues that inevitably arise from a popular tourist attraction with not public facilities.