It was something like 12 years ago that, with Chief Ministerial fanfare as only Kate Carnell could do it, Exeloo automated toilets were installed around town.
And then the maintenance didn’t really keep up, and they got kind of disgusting and stayed that way for a long time.
Today Territory And Municipal Services have announced “Exeloo Titan” toilets have replaced the earlier disasters in the bus interchange (as pictured):
“The new “Exeloo Titan? model features automated toilet flushing, hand washing and
drying facilities as well as “touch free? buttons for improved hygiene for the public,” said Jane Carder, Manager of the Place Management Unit within Territory and Municipal Services.
“The new models replace two ageing toilet blocks near the intersection of Mort/Bunda Street and Mort/Alinga Street which required replacement following ongoing incidents of vandalism.”
Ms Carder said one of the toilets was already open for use with construction of the second toilet to be completed in the coming weeks.
“Approximately $750,000 was allocated in the 2010/11 budget for toilet upgrades with these toilets forming part of this program.
“Currently, maintenance and cleaning of public toilets in the City costs approximately $100,000 per year. Staff monitor and clean public toilets in the City up to six times per day and respond to requests made via Canberra Connect where members of the public find toilets in an unclean condition.
“It is expected the state-of-the-art self-cleaning facilities with an automatic floor washing and drying system will provide potential savings in cleaning and maintenance costs along with a safer and cleaner environment for users.
Reminiscent of what they said last time around?