Re­lief for school used as toi­let

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - RHYS CHAM­BER­LAIN

Re­lief is in sight for Tar­ras School, which has been plagued by tourists us­ing the school grounds as a toi­let.

It sits be­side a pop­u­lar cafe and shop on State High­way 8 and has no public toi­lets.

The sit­u­a­tion of tourists wan­der­ing in and ex­cus­ing them­selves on school grounds had be­come so bad, pupils were banned from sit­ting un­der shade trees on the school grounds be­cause of hu­man ex­cre­ment.

‘‘I’ve ac­tu­ally seen a woman squat­ting,’’ teacher Melissa John­son said. ‘‘It’s [been] a real prob­lem. They [the pupils] have put up with a lot.’’

The school was given the news by Cen­tral Otago Mayor Tim Cado­gan that the Gov­ern­ment would pro­vide $247,280 to­wards build­ing toi­lets.

The de­ci­sion comes after years of cam­paign­ing by pupils, in­clud­ing sub­mit­ting to the Cen­tral Otago District Coun­cil’s an­nual plan and send­ing let­ters to Cado­gan as soon as he was elected last month, re­mind­ing him of their plight.

Ex­act de­tails were yet to be fi­nalised but it was ex­pected to cost be­tween $380,000 and $550,000 and be com­plete by June 30 next year.

Cado­gan told pupils now that the money had been pro­vided ‘‘it is go­ing to hap­pen’’. Upon hear­ing the news there was rap­tur­ous ap­plause from the school’s 11 chil­dren.

RHYS CHAM­BER­LAIN

Mayor Tim Cado­gan, teacher Melissa John­son and Tar­ras School pupils cel­e­brate the an­nounce­ment that public toi­lets will be built.

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