Toi­lets flush with ex­tra funds

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS - By BAR­BARA WITHING­TON

Twelve months af­ter new pub­lic toi­lets opened in Roxburgh, suf­fi­cient funds have been found to ‘‘beau­tify’’ the amenity. Beau­ti­fi­ca­tion work project man­ager Sally Smith said it had al­ready been a three-year project and she was look­ing for­ward to see­ing it com­pleted. ‘‘When we saw the first de­sign it was def­i­nitely a bloke’s thing, very bland, and we thought we should be able to come up with some­thing bet­ter than that,’’ she said. Mrs Smith, joined by Toni Bir­tles, Janet McDon­ald, Brigitte Pater­son and Linda Moir, let their imag­i­na­tions fly and were very pleased with the re­sult, which will see a ‘‘liv­ing wall’’ of plants along the front fac¸ ade of the toi­lets, a winged canopy roof to pro­tect those wait­ing from the el­e­ments, and a water fea­ture by lo­cal artist Bill Clarke. ‘‘Peo­ple are al­ready tak­ing pho­tos of our toi­lets, look­ing as good as they do with the flower boxes in front, so when all the work is done they will just love it.’’ It is hoped con­trac­tors will start the struc­ture af­ter the hol­i­days, with the plants for the wall and the art work tak­ing per­haps six months to com­plete. The project cost more than $80,000 and has been funded by do­na­tions and grants from Cen­tral Lakes Trust, Trans­power Com­mu­nity Care, Otago Com­mu­nity Trust and lo­cal providers. ‘‘With the cy­cle trails al­most fin­ished, we’ll see a lot more peo­ple stop­ping to use the toi­lets, now we just need the com­mu­nity board or the plan group to come up with bike stands,’’ Mrs Smith said.

Photo: BAR­BARA WITHING­TON

Next up: Toi­let beau­ti­fi­ca­tion project man­ager Sally Smith gives an in­di­ca­tion of which way the canopy will look when the next stage of the project is done.

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