PUBLIC toilets are essential to equitable access to public outdoor spaces.
They allow for the space to become a destination for extended periods for socialising, exercise, commuting and accessing community and commercial services.
Glenorchy City Council plays a key role in providing public toilets that are safe, accessible, clean and sustainable.
Glenorchy City Council acting manager of property, environment and waste Alex Woodward said inadequately maintained and inappropriately designed and/or located amenities could create an atmosphere of neglect that discouraged use.
“Public toilets are even more important to certain groups within society, including older people, people with disabilities, people with particular needs (including certain medical problems), women, children and young people and their families,” he said.
“The toilet facilities within the Glenorchy CBD on the corner of the bus mall on Tolosa Street have just undergone a refurbishment.
“The finishing details were completed in late February, as the previous toilets did not meet today’s access requirements.
“The upgraded facilities are a welcome addition to the CBD as the Main Road corridor undergoes a facelift.
“The new look facilities include three unisex toilets, an ambulant toilet and an accessible toilet fitted with baby change facilities.
“The public toilets both here and at Montrose Bay are now fully Disability Discrimination Act compliant and have been funded from Council’s 2018/2019 Capital Budget following acknowledgement that there has been an underinvestment in Council-owned amenities.”
Mr Woodward said the development of a public toilet strategy was a project of interest for Council.
“The strategy will provide a framework to guide where public toilets should be provided and how the community of Glenorchy experiences them,” he said.
“In addition, Council will commit to fund these upgrades along with seeking funding opportunities over the next 10 years.”
Glenorchy City Council provides several public toilet facilities throughout the municipality.
For a map reference of amenities, visit the Commonwealth Government’s public toilet map website at www.toiletmap.gov.au.
Caption: The new public toilet facilities.