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$750,000 to make public toilets amazing

By Barcham - 27 August 2013 16

Construction begun today on a project that sadly isn’t called “Project Pleasant Pooping.”

Upgrades to public toilets at both Dickson and Kambah shops are underway, and the old toilets at Maryborough Street in Fyshwick are being completely demolished and replaced.

There are public toilets at Dickson shops? Maybe the upgrade is to make them visible.

“The sites for the toilet upgrades were chosen based on an audit of public toilet facilities in 2008 which identified criteria such as visual amenity, condition of the structure, natural lighting, functionality, accessibility and compliance, safety and adequacy for the demand.

“The upgraded toilet facilities have been designed to positively reflect the character of the area in which they reside and to comply with current safety and access standards.

“A recent example of where this approach has worked well was in the upgrade of the Lotus Bay toilets in Yarralumla. The facility made use of the scenic surrounding by incorporating a shelter area with views of the lake, in addition to establishing new garden beds and new compliant access. The ‘floating’ concrete roof on the toilet facility invites in natural light which reflects the openness of the area.

“The upgraded toilet facilities will include wheel chair access compliant unisex toilets with a new sink, sharps deposit system, shelf, soap dispenser, baby changing facility and coat hooks. They will also have new accessibility features such as pans and hand rails that comply with the current Australian Standards.

Never underestimate the importance of a good coat hook in a public toilet, or even a private one. Coat hooks are the business.

If you’ll excuse me, I need to head out to the Lotus Bay toilets in Yarralumla, they sound radical.

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16 Responses to
$750,000 to make public toilets amazing
Ben_Dover 11:12 am 28 Aug 13

There;’s a new public loo going up at Cook shops, god knows why. I wonder if Katy will be doing the opening ceremony, and taking the first official dump in it, to christen it?

R. Slicker 9:40 am 28 Aug 13

Pork Hunt said :

OK R. Slicker, time for another one of your public toilet stories…

So the Fyshwick toilets are being demolished. The best beat in Canberra.

As a life long Labor voter they have now lost me. I don’t care about their support for gay marriage, I now go on record as saying Vote Liberal.

BimboGeek 11:55 pm 27 Aug 13

Aeek licensed restaurants have to provide an accessible loo. Sometimes it’s shared between a few shops but you still go through a little side door or whatever to get there. Sometimes the loo doesn’t quite meet standards for “easily accessed” but it’s not worth forcing minor upgrades or taking a license away from an existing business in an old building.

It’s all very classy and seamless if the loo is accessed by an internal door that leads to a shared passageway. It’s a bit rough if you’re sent out the front door but that’s just appearances: if you can easily get to the building loo, you’re ok.

The nightmare is when it’s a private locked loo and some jerk steals the key.

gazket 11:11 pm 27 Aug 13

veg said :

the construction of a public dunny at Cook shops seems to have been dragging on for 6 months and it looks like only one cubicle. Not sure what takes so long

so much for government efficiency dividends.

Aeek 10:42 pm 27 Aug 13

I don’t get this Canberra thing where Restaurants can rely on public toilets.
Our Federal Legacy is inferior shitters.

bundah 10:38 pm 27 Aug 13

veg said :

the construction of a public dunny at Cook shops seems to have been dragging on for 6 months and it looks like only one cubicle. Not sure what takes so long

Probably no longer flush with cash due to waste..

LSWCHP 8:39 pm 27 Aug 13

I’ve seen some amazing things in public toilets, and it didn’t take $750K to make them happen.

There was one in a train station near Reims that I went into in 1980. Nearly a quarter of a century later the thought of it still haunts me.

Pork Hunt 7:04 pm 27 Aug 13

Instant Mash said :

veg said :

the construction of a public dunny at Cook shops seems to have been dragging on for 6 months and it looks like only one cubicle. Not sure what takes so long

Constructipation?

The butt stops here…

Instant Mash 6:54 pm 27 Aug 13

veg said :

the construction of a public dunny at Cook shops seems to have been dragging on for 6 months and it looks like only one cubicle. Not sure what takes so long

Constructipation?

jadie360 2:21 pm 27 Aug 13

Maybe they could have some like the ones in Kawakawa in NZ
http://www.pbase.com/philinnz/kawakawa_toilets

veg 1:40 pm 27 Aug 13

the construction of a public dunny at Cook shops seems to have been dragging on for 6 months and it looks like only one cubicle. Not sure what takes so long

Paul0075 12:36 pm 27 Aug 13

The idea of using public loos at the Dickson shops worries me. Safer to go for a McPoo.

tim_c 12:11 pm 27 Aug 13

DrKoresh said :

There are public toilets in Dicko…They do have an aura “Abandon hope all ye who enter” to them ….

I thought that applied to all of Dickson.

Pork Hunt 12:10 pm 27 Aug 13

OK R. Slicker, time for another one of your public toilet stories…

DrKoresh 11:55 am 27 Aug 13

There are public toilets in Dicko, behind the bus-stop across from the pool. They do have an aura “Abandon hope all ye who enter” to them though, so it’s not surprising you haven’t investigated them.

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