Rustic corrugated toilets open in Tirau
Tirau toilet-goers will be relieved to hear that the Tirau Outhouse is open and ready for business.
The Tirau Community Board (TCB) came up with the idea for an ‘outhouse’ look and feel and the South Waikato District Council contracted Corrugated Creations to carry out the design and build it in Hillcrest St.
‘‘We wanted something fun and fresh, and completely different that reflected our town’s uniqueness,’’ Corrugated Creation’s Sheryn Clothier said.
‘‘It’s a real credit to the TCB and the council for getting behind this project and supporting something so unique.’’
One of the distinctive features of the Tirau Outhouse is the photo opportunity that allows people to snap a picture on the loo reading the paper without getting wiped out by traffic.
‘‘We’ve noticed over the years that when people pass through Tirau they of course want to take a photo with the dog, sheep and the ram but that they’d go out onto the highway to do this. We wanted to give people the opportunity to take a photo with the outhouse without putting themselves in harm’s way,’’ Clothier said.
Sitting atop the outhouse is a corrugated kereru (wood pigeon) which pays homage to the kereru that would frequent the area many years ago to feast on the cabbage trees found in Tirau and for which Tirau was named after.
Also included in the design is rusted corrugated iron but users need not break into a sweat over the structural soundness of the building as this is all part of the facade. The building itself is hidden beneath all the design work.
‘‘We’ve been talking about a toilet at the top of the hill for years and it’s great to see such an iconic loo developed,’’ mayor Jenny Shattock said.
‘‘We’ve had really good feedback from visitors and locals.’’
The new toilets are likely to also have an impact on the Council Perception Monitor survey which is conducted four times a year to identify trends on how the community perceives the council and the services it delivers.
One of the services monitored is public toilets and the latest figures from a smaller April survey shows 59 per cent were satisfied with South Waikato public toilet facilities.
The new rustic public toilets in Tirau have opened.