PUB­LIC PLACE A DIS­GRACE

Crap ev­ery­where, no pa­per, no soap, no hope...

Stanthorpe Border Post - - FRONT PAGE - Matthew Pur­cell Matthew.Pur­cell@bor­der­post.com.au

FAE­CES on the ground and smeared across a cu­bi­cle, clogged toi­lets, no toi­let pa­per, no soap, only grow­ing anger.

That’s the scene Scott Tay­lor was met with at the toi­lets near Stan­thorpe Pi­azza at the week­end.

It’s a filthy is­sue that con­tin­ues to be a prob­lem for tourists and busi­nesses in the main street.

“I went into one

(cu­bi­cle) be­cause the other had no toi­let pa­per and that’s what I was greeted with,” Mr Tay­lor said

“It’s not good enough, es­pe­cially that spot where there’s tourists.

“It needs to be done ev­ery day... or checked ev­ery day. They don’t even have any hand­wash, there’s no soap, no tow­els.

“We just got back from Ja­pan andd and we did three weeks through the ru­ral ar­eas and it was al­ways spot­less that place.

“I’d hate to think what our back­pack­ers think of our ameni­ties here.”

Mr Tay­lor said he con­tacted South­ern Downs Coun­cil­lor Neil Meik­le­john to voice his dis­gust.

“He came back pretty quickly ac­tu­ally and said he’d re­port it.

“I was just fed up. If I was a busi­ness owner in the area I’d be fu­ri­ous,” he said. Lu­cille Jensen from nearby busi­ness Pink Pop­pies said she’d com­plained many times but it fell on deaf ears. “They’ve gone from clean­ing them seven days a week to just two, I think. “It’s cost cut­ting.

“One of the big­gest com­plaints we hear is there’s no soap. It wouldn’t be an oner­ous thing to pro­vide.

“Things still haven’t im­proved.”

But ac­cord­ing to the coun­cil, the toi­lets are cleaned daily.

“Coun­cil has re­ceived few com­plaints about the fa­cil­i­ties at the Pi­azza,” a rep­re­sen­ta­tive said.

“The pub­lic toi­lets there are cleaned daily, which is an in­crease in fre­quency on pre­vi­ous years.”

To re­port pub­lic toi­lets in poor con­di­tion, use the MY SDRC app or phone 1300 697 372.

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