Kicking up a stink over the state of toilets
COTTESLOE Beach visitor Richard Kreider came for lunch and a swim but left with memories of urine stench and wrecked toilets under the Indiana Restaurant.
“A smell of urine permeated out to the snack counter and the place had practically been vandalised,” Mr Kreider (61) said.
He said he, his wife and her daughter visiting from Hong Kong, had lunch at the restaurant on February 25 and used the men’s and women’s toilets before a swim. They found graffiti and toilet paper “everywhere”, a need for new toilet seats and floors with dirty puddles in the public facilities.
“What on earth do these peo- ple think of us when we cannot provide a decent hygienic standard of changing facilities at this beach?” Mr Kreider said
However, he acknowledged some of the restaurant’s cleaning efforts after seeing staff hosing down the women’s toilets.
The toilets are the responsibil- ity of the restaurant, which has to deal with high-volume use, often by teenagers from outside the area, and regular vandalism.
A restaurant spokesman said it was an ongoing issue but declined to comment further.
Cottesloe Mayor Jo Dawkins said: “We can’t just go in there and clean the toilets as their current lease goes beyond the building’s walls.”
Mrs Dawkins said council was committed to providing more permanent toilets, using money from sale of the Town’s works depot.
Portable toilets were installed for Sculpture by the Sea and would be brought in for busy weekends and hot periods.