Toilet strategy answers nature’s call
A new Public Toilet Strategy 2018-2030 outlines plans to provide more public toilets at key locations across Brimbank.
Brimbank Mayor Cr Margaret Giudice said the strategy balanced the need for adequate facilities with the significant costs associated with installing and maintaining public toilets.
“As a Community-first Council we have heard your call to provide more public toilets across Brimbank.
“This strategy outlines Council’s plan to provide a fair and even distribution of public toilets in parks and public places across Brimbank.
“We also recognise that keeping public toilets clean and well-maintained is critical – and Council is committed to ongoing upkeep and monitoring of public toilets.
“Importantly, this strategy also recommends that public toilets be designed to cater for people with all abilities, and meet our community’s diverse social, physical, cultural and gender needs,” Cr Giudice said.
The strategy includes an assessment of Brimbank’s Suburban Parks and activity centres to determine where new or upgraded public toilets are urgently needed and should be provided within the next four years, subject to budget approval.
The draft strategy was released for public comment in May and adopted at the Ordinary Council Meeting on 17 July.
Cr Giudice thanked everyone who had provided feedback on the draft strategy.
“During public consultation, a number of people requested public toilets be installed at Balmoral Park, Derrimut and Selwyn Park, Albion.
“Under this strategy, public toilets are expected to be built at both these locations within the next two years, with further public toilets installed at Green Gully Reserve (replacing the existing public toilet), Delahey Recreation Reserve and Bon Thomas Reserve within the next four years, subject to annual budget approval,” Cr Giudice said.
Since 2008, Council has installed five new public toilets in Brimbank’s Flagship Parks under the Creating Better Parks Policy and Plan. Toilets have also been installed in Activity Centres in St Albans, Deer Park and Keilor Village – with 11 public toilet facilities already available across Brimbank.