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Byron Bay’s new loos open for business

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The state of the public toilets in Byron Bay is so notorious they have almost become a tourist attraction – of the worst kind.

Mandy Nolan made a video about them (above) more than two years ago but even that didn’t seem to be enough to get them on the council’s agenda – until now.

Now a fresh new set of loos have been trucked into town and set up in Apex Park. It’s the loo with a view, except that when you go in the door will automatically snap shut – and automatically open again 10 minutes later.

Open for business: Byron Bay's new Exceloos in Apex Park. Photo supplied
Open for business: Byron Bay’s new Exceloos in Apex Park. Photo supplied

The new portable toilet block is a first for the town with a second unit due to arrive in the New Year for Railway Park.

Byron Shire Council’s acting infrastructure services director Tony Nash said the toilets are fully self contained and (best of all) self-cleaning.

‘The cleaning function can be changed depending on the number of people using the facility. Theyare low maintenance and vandal resistant.

‘Plus due to their movability, they can be relocated to another area should the foreshore be upgraded following the Byron Bay Town Centre Masterplan.’

Located near the surf club and the old toilet block, the Exeloos arrived on the back of a truck two weeks ago and were plumbed into the existing sewer and water pipes.

But the new loos are not a place to linger longer.  Set with 10 minute timer, the door will automatically open; not to fear, you will get a warning before the door opens!

Mr Nash said the 10-minute time limit ensured that the toilet blocks were for genuine needs and not a place to loiter.

The new loos also have a baby change table in one of the stations and are wheelchair accessible.

The nearby disabled toilets will remain in use for people with an MLAK key, along with the public toilets near Fishheads Cafe and additional portaloos for the peak summer period.

Mr Nash said in past, the beachfront toilets have been subject to repeated vandalism and he hoped this would not be the case with the new block.

‘Whilst the new toilet block can be left open for 24 hours, at this stage they are open from 5am to 8pm during the summer months,’ he said.


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4 COMMENTS

  1. A Tardis from a parallel universe??
    Will either help or hinder one’s anal functions . .
    If “helped”, at least you’ll get a auto cleanup ..
    If “hindered”, you’ll be exposed on the Byron showbiz scene when the 10 minutes stage door opens . .
    ha ha ha ha . . . .
    Welcome to the new Byron look …

  2. I think I’ve managed to never go into the Byron toilets and was awaiting a scene of utter desolation by watching the Mandy N video. Mediocre, yes. But good god! If you think that is bad, I must ask if your have ever visited the Torakina Toilets? More reminiscent of a medieval dungeon where prisoners are chained to the walls for the duration of their lives and toilet needs are handled right on the spot. I use all my intelligence to avoid encounters with any of these ‘institutions’.

  3. love the way councils think peoples bowels only operate during 5am to 8pm during the summer months,’ !
    what planet do these undemocratic ,unconstitutional councils live on ?

  4. How unnecessary silly that is to have it for only up to ten minutes..yeah.. i know. its auto thingy… imagine a mother changing a messy diaper of her baby and having to worry about the darn ten minutes.. or let say one’s stomach is going through hard times and had to sit for 30 minutes lets say… byron council is too radical with little common sense on things these days.. you have one toilet like this in on of the busy part of town and full of little children at the park and then all other toilets are left in manners of some horror like rooms to go into,,, like the stinking one at the railway park… apart of stupid looking pretend like mirrors of stainless still boards hanging above the sinks that has no soap and hardly toilet papers on.. its almost like its trying to show off that byron has one hygienic toilet that opens up automatically in ten minutes. wow… how advance… my gosh.. laughable..

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