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    2019 - 04.16

    Picture: iSTOCKNORTHERN Grampians Shire Council will consider demolishing half its public toilets in a bid to flush extra spending from its budget.
    Nanjing Night Net

    At a meeting on Monday night, councillors received a report advising them to knock down toilets at 10 sites across the shire.

    There are 24 public toilet locations across the shire.

    Under the plan seven toilet blocks would be demolished, three demolished with access points built for mobile temporary toilets and one demolished and replaced.

    The remaining seven toilets would be upgraded as part of a five-year strategic renewal and replacement program, which would cost council $1.05 million.

    Cr Wayne Rice said it was a case of looking closely at services provided by council.

    ‘‘If the toilet is only being used once or twice a year then there is no point in putting that into our budget over the next few years and saying we’re going to allocate $100,000 to replace it – that is just absolute nonsense to consider,’’ he said.

    ‘‘If they have no use we won’t be continuing to maintain them.’’

    Cr Karen Hyslop said the plan had come on the back of wide-ranging public consultation.

    ‘‘We will spend quite a bit of money over the next five years to keep our ratepayers and the public happy and comfortable,’’ she said.

    Under the plan, both blocks at Stawell’s Central Park on the Victoria Street side would receive $100,000 upgrades over the next two financial years.

    The Central Park toilets near the scoreboard, one of the blocks at North Park near the pavilion, the Stawell Historical Society, one of the blocks at St Arnaud’s Lord Nelson Reserve, the Great Western Recreation Reserve and both blocks at Lake Batyo Catyo would be demolished.

    Under the plan, council would spend $60,000 on mobile temporary toilets to be used at access points built following the demolition of toilets at Central Park near the pavilion, North Park near the pavilion and Lord Nelson Reserve.

    Toilets at Guthrie Park in Rich Avon wouldbe upgraded in the 2016-17 financial year.

    The toilets at the North Park netball courts wouldundergo a $250,000 upgrade in 2017-18.

    Cr Merrilee Reid said it was a great plan that the council should follow.

    Toilets at Cato Park and Scallan Street in Stawell would be upgraded at a combined cost of $175,00 in 2019-20.

    Toilets in Stawell at Federation Park, Main Street, Queen Mary Gardens as well as Halls Gap, Marnoo and the newer block at Great Western Memorial Park would not be changed in the next five years.

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