Artist drafts impression on public toilets
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.