Artist drafts im­pres­sion on pub­lic toi­lets

Ruapehu Press - - Your Local News - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

The Rail­way sta­tion could be the new home for tau­marunui’s pub­lic toi­lets.

The Ruapehu Dis­trict Coun­cil has been run­ning a com­pe­ti­tion to de­sign a new toi­let block, but it has since signed a long-term lease on the Rail­way Sta­tion.

Coun­cil’s Group Man­ager Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Mar­garet Hawthorne said only four en­tries were re­ceived.

She said the ini­tial think­ing had been to de­velop a new, eye­catch­ing, pub­lic toi­let on the old li­brary site.

Now they had se­cured the Rail­way Sta­tion, the new pub­lic toi­let fa­cil­i­ties could be in­cor­po­rated within a re­de­vel­op­ment of that build­ing, along with a new I-SITE con­fig­u­ra­tion and the mu­seum up­stairs.

‘‘Since the start of the Con­cept De­sign Chal­lenge coun­cil has se­cured a favourable long term lease on the Rail­way Sta­tion build­ing which pro­vides an al­ter­na­tive op­tion that could save ratepay­ers sig­nif­i­cant money.’’

‘‘I want to do some­thing big­ger for the town and do some­thing per­ma­nent for them’’ James Can­non

Hawthorne said no de­ci­sions had been made and the topic would be dis­cussed at the next Tau­marunui-ohura Ward Com­mit­tee this Thurs­day.

The de­mo­li­tion of the old pub­lic li­brary on Haki­aha St is sched­uled to start on Novem­ber 7. Hawthorne said there was po­ten­tial to save money and it also meant they could use the old li­brary site for an­other use. Any de­ci­sions will be pub­licly con­sulted on in April next year as part of the ten year Long Term Plan 2018-28.

Tau­marunui artist, James Can­non used his cre­ative flair when sub­mit­ting his toi­let de­sign pro­posal to the com­pe­ti­tion. Can­non de­signed led-il­lu­mi­nated tiki for the Matariki Win­ter Fes­ti­val so de­cided to use a sim­i­lar con­cept for the pub­lic toi­lets. Can­non wanted to use a sim­ple de­sign that fea­tured plants and cap­tured the town’s rail­way his­tory. If his de­sign is cho­sen he would tweak his con­cept with more de­tail.

‘‘The light and the medium will just show it all off.

Can­non said painting the toi­lets white would throw the light in dif­fer­ent colours be­tween the sil­hou­ette of the leaves.

‘‘I want to do some­thing big­ger for the town and do some­thing per­ma­nent for them.’’

James Can­non would like to see the town’s rail his­tory de­picted.

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