City calls for feedback on public toilets

The public toilet block behind Heathcote's tourist information centre has been nominated by readers for upgrades and increased maintenance. Picture: DARREN HOWE

The public toilet block behind Heathcote's tourist information centre has been nominated by readers for upgrades and increased maintenance. Picture: DARREN HOWE

The City of Greater Bendigo is calling for feedback on its public toilets, after acknowledging “some” of the city’s facilities do not meet community standards.

The feedback will be used to inform the council’s 10-year Public Toilet Strategy, with the aim of establishing clear recommendations about where and how future investments should be made.

Issues around accessibility, location, security and population growth will inform the strategy, which will also take into account the management of and access to public toilets in rural communities and facilities owned and operated by businesses such as shopping centres.

The city’s building and property manager Andy Walker said the council had already completed a technical audit of all public toilets in the municipality.

“We have approximately 50 public toilets in Greater Bendigo and we know that some do not meet community standards,” he said.

“We have already started work on upgrading priority public toilets with five new public toilets built in the last five years in both urban and rural areas. Public toilets are critical community facilities that need to be safe, comfortable and convenient.”

The development of the strategy will also involve community consultation through workshops with key stakeholders and listening posts.

A survey of Bendigo Advertiser readers in July last year revealed low satisfaction levels with facilities in Heathcote, while also attracting criticism of toilets in the Bendigo Coles car park and the Hargreaves Mall.

To access the City of Greater Bendigo survey visit www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/publictoiletstrategy

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