Toi­let tree can’t sway City

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Tim Slater

BEL­MONT coun­cil­lor Margie Bass has asked for a toi­let block to be built at Selby Park in Redcliffe fol­low­ing con­cerns that peo­ple are us­ing trees as a toi­let.

Cr Bass re­quested the toi­let, which has been es­ti­mated to cost about $200,000, be in­cluded in the City’s 2016-17 Bud­get.

But the coun­cil re­jected her re­quest at its re­cent meet­ing, pre­fer­ring to in­clude a new toi­let in a re­de­vel­op­ment plan for the park.

Plan­ning for the re­de­vel­op­ment is not ex­pected to start un­til 2017-18, ac­cord­ing to a coun­cil re­port.

“This park is well used by our res­i­dents, and needs fa­cil­i­ties to stop peo­ple us­ing trees as a toi­let,” she said.

“This area needs it and I’ve been ask­ing for this for quite a few years.

“There is a big tree there; peo­ple walk their dogs and they have nowhere to go to the toi­let and they are us­ing the tree.”

A re­port pre­sented to the last coun­cil meet­ing said the un­planned place­ment of a toi­let block had the po­ten­tial to com­pro­mise the over­all en­hance­ment of the park.

“Once im­pli­ca­tions are known, the cost of works could be in­cluded through the bud­get re­view process,” the re­port said.

It said the cost of the toi­let could be about $200,000, based on a sim­i­lar struc­ture re­cently built at Wilson Park.

“The in­fra­struc­ture on this re­serve is fast ap­proach­ing a point where a ma­jor re­newal is re­quired,” the re­port said.

“This work has been ten­ta­tively sched­uled to com­mence the de­sign phase dur­ing the 2017-2018 fi­nan­cial year.

“It would seem pru­dent to con­sider the pro­vi­sion of an au­to­mated pub­lic toi­let in this de­sign process and if deemed a pri­or­ity, al­low ap­pro­pri­ate bud­get for the con­struc­tion dur­ing the fol­low­ing years.”

The re­port said that due to other ma­jor projects al­ready in­cluded in the pro­posed 2016-2017 fi­nan­cial year bud­get, con­sid­er­ing the avail­able re­sources, the sig­nif­i­cant in­ves­ti­ga­tions and the need for pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion for this site, it was not likely that any work would oc­cur dur­ing the 2016-17 fi­nan­cial year.

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