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New late night urinals are for very short people

Barcham 16 March 2013 63

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Last night I went to investigate the new urinals that have been placed in Civic. Why? For you dear Rioters. I did it for you. As you can see from the above image they have placed them in quiet, private, out of the way areas. Areas such as one of the primary bus stops on Alinga St. Right next to a streetlamp. Because privacy.

Also you see they’ve placed rather large doors to increase the privacy available to the urine-ees.

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Climbing into a urinal to examine the facilities I discovered three things.

1. The doors sit well below ‘business’ level, meaning they won’t actually provide privacy to anyone over 5 foot tall.
2. As soon as you step into a urinal you can expect a large group of people to approach you and ask what you are doing, and how you are finding it.
3. Despite points 1 and 2, people must still be using these toilets as they smelt horrible.

[Photos courtesy of Adam Thomas]


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sj20 3:46 pm 25 Mar 13

Personally I think these are offensive, not for the fact that women can’t use them or don’t have a similar counterpart. But because I dont want to see THAT when I’m taking a stroll to another club, there are already many things I see in civic of a late night, that I wish I could unsee, but installing these in open, well lit public places? it’s basically advocating public indecency…To be perfectly honest I’d prefer they take their usual route down a quiet, unlit ally. I highly doubt the target market of these particular urinals are at their most steady part of the evening either, so I wouldn’t be surprised if there are a few stumbles and slips, resulting in far more than I planned on seeing that night! And lastly, right next to the taxi rank line!? ‘cummon’ ACT.. Use your brains! If I want to end my evening watching a guy drunkenly taking a piss, I’ll have a sneak peek in the mens bathroom in Macdonald located 2 seconds away from these abominations!

rosscoact 6:30 am 19 Mar 13

wildturkeycanoe said :

As expensive as these “temporary” arrangements [we hope] are, they could have at least put up something like a curtain or tarpaulin around them for privacy. And what is wrong with Portaloos? Apart from the fact that this contraption services 4 people at a time, if it is catered for the driveway/alley cat, then the market is unlikely to go out in public like this, they will continue to go into hiding. If my taxes went towards this, I want a refund!!!
Let me say that again to make it noted for our pollies – I WANT A REFUND!!!
My taxes did not go towards these pitiful efforts, when in any suburban street you have no toilets to service you within a 2km radius after closing time for shopping centers. Does that mean that drunks get special privileges but ordinary suburbanites do not? What is so special about the deadbeats in Civic who can’t pee in the place that they bought drinks from? We are pandering to the type of people who shouldn’t be hanging around public places. What’s next, making a comfy padded tyre barrier for drunk driver’s so they don’t crash into other people? How about a free money stall to stop robbers mugging old people and teenage girls? Free gift vouchers to Fyshwick’s establishments for those who feel like raping women so that they leave innocents alone?
If you can’t go to the toilet where you filled your bladder, TOO BAD!! If you have to pee in an alleyway, prepare to be arrested for indecent exposure or urinating in a public place. These horrid orange things will be such a Youtube hit from cameras up on the roofs and windows of the surrounding buildings, not to mention the passers by with phones recording as they walk past. Will you be a worldwide hit?
Hate them, hate them, hate them.
That’s my spray for tonight.

Given that they are financed by Canberra CBD then I suggest you take it up with them but unless you are a member of that organisation I don’t think they’ll give you money.

You can try though.

kakosi 12:33 am 19 Mar 13

So basically they’re a few metres across from public toilets, in a spot where there are lots of passers by who’ll be able to see and smell everything.

Does anyone else feel that it’s somewhat less nice than a drunk pissing on a wall in the alley?

Postalgeek 12:04 am 19 Mar 13

wildturkeycanoe said :

That’s my spray for tonight.

Try not to splash other people while you’re having it.

wildturkeycanoe 9:36 pm 18 Mar 13

As expensive as these “temporary” arrangements [we hope] are, they could have at least put up something like a curtain or tarpaulin around them for privacy. And what is wrong with Portaloos? Apart from the fact that this contraption services 4 people at a time, if it is catered for the driveway/alley cat, then the market is unlikely to go out in public like this, they will continue to go into hiding. If my taxes went towards this, I want a refund!!!
Let me say that again to make it noted for our pollies – I WANT A REFUND!!!
My taxes did not go towards these pitiful efforts, when in any suburban street you have no toilets to service you within a 2km radius after closing time for shopping centers. Does that mean that drunks get special privileges but ordinary suburbanites do not? What is so special about the deadbeats in Civic who can’t pee in the place that they bought drinks from? We are pandering to the type of people who shouldn’t be hanging around public places. What’s next, making a comfy padded tyre barrier for drunk driver’s so they don’t crash into other people? How about a free money stall to stop robbers mugging old people and teenage girls? Free gift vouchers to Fyshwick’s establishments for those who feel like raping women so that they leave innocents alone?
If you can’t go to the toilet where you filled your bladder, TOO BAD!! If you have to pee in an alleyway, prepare to be arrested for indecent exposure or urinating in a public place. These horrid orange things will be such a Youtube hit from cameras up on the roofs and windows of the surrounding buildings, not to mention the passers by with phones recording as they walk past. Will you be a worldwide hit?
Hate them, hate them, hate them.
That’s my spray for tonight.

Pork Hunt 9:09 pm 18 Mar 13

milkman said :

http://www.shewee.com.au/

But can you write your name in the snow with it?

Roundhead89 4:27 pm 18 Mar 13

All these complaints about the doors being too low and too small. You should be thankful they didn’t install the same ones they use at Oxford St and Kings Cross in Sydney. Those ones don’t have doors at all.

bundah 4:18 pm 18 Mar 13

DrKoresh said :

johnboy said :

I think the poor folk who’s job it is to take these away every morning are already filling that role!

I don’t, I reckon they’re probably just taking the piss

I’m going to go off half-cocked and interrupt you two mid-stream by suggesting that we’ve squeezed out every last drop in this piss poor attempt by Lord Mayor Ratten and his cronies!

DrKoresh 4:06 pm 18 Mar 13

johnboy said :

I think the poor folk who’s job it is to take these away every morning are already filling that role!

I don’t, I reckon they’re probably just taking the piss

Jivrashia 3:31 pm 18 Mar 13

Here’s a better solution: PISS BOY.

    johnboy 3:37 pm 18 Mar 13

    I think the poor folk who’s job it is to take these away every morning are already filling that role!

Watson 2:07 pm 18 Mar 13

They’re not there for convenience but to prevent drunk men peeing all over walls and street furniture.

I have a friend who used to work in a small theater in a city centre (not in Oz). They had to clean urine off their front walls every morning after the pub crowd had stumbled home. They ended up installing a few electric wires against the wall. Very mean, but it solved the problem.

p996911turbo 1:19 pm 18 Mar 13

People keep mentioning taxpayer dollars. Isn’t Canberra CBD Limited funding this or did I miss something?

HiddenDragon 12:54 pm 18 Mar 13

Beautifully timed for the grand finale of the Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition, the Paris end of Civic gets its very own pissoir/vespasienne – utilitarian and oh so elegant (dare I say it – piss elegant) as only Canberra can do it. Lovely to see Barcham getting into the spirit of things, and providing a sartorial homage to the little master – performance art meets installation art!

DrKoresh 11:50 am 18 Mar 13

poetix said :

Easy peesy.

Couldn’t help yourself, could you? It took me a minute but when I wet myself when I saw it 😀

Solidarity 11:47 am 18 Mar 13

poetix said :

Solidarity said :

Wow. What a bunch of whingers. How dare the male anatomy allow stand up urination. All people must be forced to use unisex toilets, because equality.

Far out.

No, I am not saying that. I am happy for men to have urinals, and to stop peeing all over the toilets. But there should be more toilets for women. Easy peesy.

Also, these are incredibly ugly, and should not be in the middle of public space in this way.

You are a whinger.

Charlieis 11:25 am 18 Mar 13

I think the target audience for these things are the people who already piss in alleyways, trash cans, doorways, etc.
and who doesn’t like pretending they’re a giant while they piss?

poetix 11:21 am 18 Mar 13

Solidarity said :

Wow. What a bunch of whingers. How dare the male anatomy allow stand up urination. All people must be forced to use unisex toilets, because equality.

Far out.

No, I am not saying that. I am happy for men to have urinals, and to stop peeing all over the toilets. But there should be more toilets for women. Easy peesy.

Also, these are incredibly ugly, and should not be in the middle of public space in this way.

phototext 10:55 am 18 Mar 13

Classy.

FioBla 10:50 am 18 Mar 13

The plaque for the alternates is down in the ladies room.

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