Park toi­lets plan re­jected

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

BEL­MONT coun­cil­lors have voted against in­stalling pub­lic toi­lets Selby Park in Red­cliffe. Coun­cil­lor Margie Bass sub­mit­ted a no­tice of mo­tion to in­clude pub­lic toi­lets at Selby Park in the City’s bud­get for 2016 to 2017. She claimed chil­dren and adults were us­ing trees as toi­lets and had nowhere to wash their hands. “There are no pub­lic toi­lets within 2km of the park,” she said at the coun­cil meet­ing on Fe­bru­ary 28. Coun­cil­lor Robert Rossi said a large por­tion of Selby Park had been set aside for Main Roads to up­grade Tonkin High­way. A map of the area showed Coun­cil the park would be cut in half by the up­grade. Mr Rossi said in­stalling a pub­lic toi­let, es­ti­mated to cost $200,000, would be a waste of fund­ing un­til a time­frame from Main Roads was known. A fore­shad­owed mo­tion to have coun­cil con­sider build­ing the toi­let fa­cil­ity when Selby Park was re­de­vel­oped was passed 8-1. Mr Rossi said the last cor­re­spon­dence from Main Roads put its projects start date in two or three years. Main Roads spokesman Dean Roberts con­firmed that “a por­tion of Selby Park is cur­rently re­served in the Metropoli­tan Re­gion Scheme to pro­vide for the fu­ture up­grad­ing of the Tonkin High­way and Great East­ern High­way in­ter­change.”

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