Providing a vital community service
28 June 2016
Kingston Council has set out a 10-year action plan to ensure public toilets across Kingston are strategically located, provided free-of-charge and improved or replaced where necessary.
Mayor Tamsin Bearsley said public toilet facilities provide an important service to the community especially for parents of young children, the elderly and people with health or medical conditions.
“Council will continue to provide public toilets free-of-charge to the community and now has a clear way forward to upgrade ageing facilities in high-use areas,” Cr Bearsley said.
Kingston Council invests $450,000 annually on upgrading/replacing public toilet facilities in addition to the significant costs on cleaning and regular maintenance.
Mayor Bearsley said the new strategy was drafted following extensive consultation with community groups and a public survey with over 400 responses.
“We were keen to hear people’s views on a range of issues including location, design of facilities and cleanliness. The results found 80 per cent of people used public toilets every week or month and that 82 per cent felt safe using public toilets in Kingston,” Cr Bearsley said.
“More than 62 per cent did not want to pay to use a public toilet and Council is pleased to report that we will continue to provide public toilets free of charge to our community.”
The Public Toilet Strategy identified priority public toilets for major works over the next 10 years including:
- Bald Hill Park, Clarinda
- Dingley Village Recreation Reserve
- Edithvale Life Saving Club
- Bicentennial Park, Chelsea
- Gerry Green Reserve Parkdale
- Dales Park, Oakleigh South
- Pier Road Mordialloc
- Waves Leisure Centre Highett
- Aspendale Life Saving Club
- Dolamore Athletics Track, Mentone
- Mavis Hutter Reserve, Clarinda
- Aspendale Gardens Sports Ground
- Parkers Road Foreshore, Parkdale
- Le Page Park, Cheltenham.