Toilet tree can’t sway City
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.