Toilets flush with extra funds
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.
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.