Greater Shepparton City Council has decided to take a strategic approach to public tiolets and will develop a policy which looks at where they are needed.DARREN LINTON November 22, 2012 4:10am
Greater Shepparton City Council is taking a strategic approach to public toilets by developing a policy that looks at where and when people need one handy.
City of Greater Shepparton councillor Michael Polan presented a notice of motion at Tuesday’s council meeting calling for the policy.
Cr Polan said it probably should have been done at the time the council was considering the ‘‘space-age’’ toilet at Queen’s Gardens.
Also, during this year’s election campaign it was clear there was ‘‘general unhappiness’’ about the number and quality of toilets in the municipality, he said.
‘‘There seems to be no consistency about toilet locations,’’ he said.
‘‘The locations are not well-documented or thought out. Baby change facilities are in short supply and some of the smaller towns have no public toilets at all.’’
Cr Polan referred to Mitchell Shire Council’s public toilet policy, which he said was a good model.
‘‘It goes into locations, how they should be built and where they should be built,’’ he said.
The toilet issue also came to light during budget submissions this year.
Council’s own Disability Advisory Committee made a passionate plea for an adult change facility in the central business district.
The submission said people with a disability were avoiding the city centre because they were forced to use toilet floors if they were caught short.
Councillors voted unanimously to support the development of a policy.
Cr Polan’s motion called for an inventory of council-managed toilets in the municipality, including comments about the suitability of the location, physical condition, safety, accessibility, perceived usage, frequency of cleaning, aesthetics and estimated adequacy into the future.
Officers will also complete an assessment of the main business districts and highway entrances to the city where there may be a significant need for additional toilet facilities.
The public toilet report is to be presented to the April meeting with a view to releasing a draft Public Toilet Policy for public comment by June 30.
A multimillion-dollar redevelopment of one of Shepparton’s central business districts has resulted in an influx of new customers and increased trade.
More than 2200 people have signed up to show their support for a campaign to have the green route chosen for the new Yarrawonga Mulwala bridge.
Members of Murchison Book Club are hosting a literary lunch with Vivien Achia, author of Marrying Italian — When Love is Not Enough.
Echuca United and Moama will play for the 3Jacks trophy at Echuca South Oval today.
Painter Ben Winspear and Scott Wileman will create new works as the public look on during the at Rochester Art Exhibition.
Kyabram Bombers have the chance to beat Rochester under light for the first time this Friday evening.
Lions star recruit had a tough introduction to the GVFL.
Tocumwal's Don Elgin is aiming to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland
Heathcote's Union Hotel is continuing its record of fundraising for the Royal Children's Hospital.
Cobram skate park hosts skateboarding and music for youth week.
Senior state minister Adrian Piccoli reaquainted himself with Deniliquin yesterday, leaving Deniliquin Counil hopeful it has an ally in him.
With his blue eyes and snow-coloured coat, Nanneella horse Sinatra has looks worthy of a fairytale.
Fourteen-year-old Benalla girl Jaimee Linke will launch her debut novel next month.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.