Waihi pub­lic toi­let act of van­dal­ism out­rages coun­cil­lor

Hauraki Herald - - OUT & ABOUT -

‘‘We want peo­ple to stop in­Waihi and en­joy a pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence, not find pub­lic fa­cil­i­ties ran­sacked and closed due to van­dal­ism.’’

We’ve all ex­pe­ri­enced a burn­ing de­sire to visit the toi­let, but a re­cent ar­son at­tack on the men’s pub­lic toi­lets at Vic­to­ria Park Waihi (aka Rocket Park) is com­pletely baf­fling, point­less and in­fu­ri­at­ing - says Waihi Ward Chair Max McLean.

Toi­let pa­per was set alight in the dis­abled men’s cu­bi­cle of the pub­lic toi­lets on Septem­ber 6.

Ex­ten­sive dam­age to the toi­let cu­bi­cle was caused and the toi­lets had to be closed tem­po­rar­ily for clean­ing and re­pair.

The women’s toi­lets in the same block were un­af­fected by the act of van­dal­ism and re­mained open.

McLean said ratepay­ers bear the brunt of the clean-up and re­pair costs and there was also a wider cost to vis­i­tors and the com­mu­nity.

‘‘This isn’t the first time these toi­lets have been van­dalised, it hap­pens too of­ten,’’ he said.

‘‘We want peo­ple to stop in Waihi and en­joy a pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence, not find pub­lic fa­cil­i­ties ran­sacked and closed due to van­dal­ism.

‘‘It’s a real in­con­ve­nience to vis­i­tors and it re­flects badly on our dis­trict.’’

Hau­raki Dis­trict Coun­cil group man­ager com­mu­nity ser­vices and de­vel­op­ment Steve Fabish said each time this type of in­ci­dent oc­curs it costs ratepay­ers ap­prox­i­mately $6000 for re­pair work and to pro­vide al­ter­na­tive por­taloo fa­cil­i­ties.

McLean said the van­dal­ism took place in broad day­light on a busy af­ter­noon in town, and if any­one has any in­for­ma­tion that might help they should con­tact the po­lice.

‘‘This type of de­struc­tive be­hav­iour has a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on us all, and the best way to stamp it out is to work to­gether, be vig­i­lant, and refuse to ac­cept it as a com­mu­nity,’’ he said.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic are ad­vis­ded to call the po­lice if they spot any suspicious or po­ten­tially de­struc­tive be­hav­iour in the area.

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