Cott keeps it clean in toi­lets

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - Jon Bas­sett

COTTES­LOE Coun­cil will in­ves­ti­gate get­ting its staff to scrub dun­nies and save money on the pub­lic toi­lets it is now run­ning un­der the In­di­ana restau­rant.

At Tues­day’s meet­ing, coun­cil­lors con­sid­ered ad- just­ing the 2018-19 bud­get by $103,369 to cover clean­ing and mi­nor main­te­nance of the toi­lets, which are op­er­at­ing un­der a sub­lease un­til June 30 next year.

“The De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­ment have their own clean­ers, they call them rangers, to clean toi­lets in na­tional parks and I would like to know if that could be a cheaper and bet­ter op­tion for us,” Cr San­dra Boul­ter said.

Cr Boul­ter said the staff mem­ber could also clean up out­side the toi­lets and re­move rub­bish.

The sub-lease was agreed af­ter a pub­lic stink fol­lowed the In­di­ana’s op­er­a­tors clos­ing the toi­lets and the coun­cil in­stalling plas­tic por­taloos on the beach in Au­gust.

A re­port said the coun­cil had spent $29,959 on the por­taloos, mi­nor re­pairs and im­me­di­ate clean­ing of the toi­lets, but an­other $73,410 was needed for the next eight months.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Mat Hum­frey said who­ever did the clean­ing would also have to con­duct mi­nor main­te­nance.

Mr Hum­frey said a deci- sion on fund­ing the toi­lets’ clean­ing un­til 2019-20 was needed soon.

He said the money cur­rently al­lo­cated in the bud­get was not suf­fi­cient to cover next month. It was agreed to al­lo­cate the $103,369, with staff asked to re­port back by De­cem­ber.

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