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Campaspe Shire adopts toilet maintenance plan

Campaspe Shire councillors have adopted toilet maintenance plan for the 32 public toilets in the shire.

TRENT HORNEMAN June 30, 2014 3:23am

Cr Ian Maddison.

Campaspe Shire has taken a tactical approach to maintaining public toilets.

Councillors endorsed a new plan at a meeting on Tuesday night.

Mayor Ian Maddison said each of the 32 toilet blocks in the shire were assessed for their condition, usage levels were researched, along with facilities, fittings, accessibility, signs, safety, vandalism levels and water and energy requirements.

Cr Maddison said council spent $320,000 on public toilets each year.

‘‘While these facilities must meet users’ needs in terms of safety, accessibility, functionality and location, it is also important that they are planned for, designed, constructed and managed in a financially-sustainable manner,’’ he said.

As part of the plan, five priority principles were established for the provision of public toilets within the shire.

Each significant town on a highway or having a significant visitor destination, Echuca, Stanhope, Rochester, Gunbower and Kyabram, will have a compliant public toilet that is accessible 24 hours a day.

John Pilley Reserve in Kyabram and Hopwood Gardens and Apex Park in Echuca will have three-star rated public toilets.

Within a commercial precinct during business hours, the public can access a toilet within a 250m walk in Echuca, Kyabram, Rochester, Rushworth and Tongala.

Echuca, Kyabram, Rochester, Rushworth and Tongala will have a three-star rated public toilet open during business hours.

Public toilets will have appropriate signs.

Council put a draft plan to the public earlier this year, with 11 submissions received from residents wanting flexible operational hours, toilet locations, cleaning and signs.

Council will consider an implementation plan to deliver the recommended actions within the report at a future council meeting.

The plan will prioritise actions based on need, cost-benefit, urgency and other factors.

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