Waihi public toilet act of vandalism outrages councillor
‘‘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.