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Byron Shire
April 14, 2021

Toilets, tourists and tackiness

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If nothing else why can’t Byron Shire Council maintain clean fully equipped toilets for travellers and the public alike in our busy areas.

Even the smallest country towns have more attractive amenities than Byron Shire.

The Torakina toilets (yes, those architect-designed one) have been in a disgusting state for years, have passed their use by date, and need to be replaced, nothing attractive about those.

After closing the dilapidated toilet block at the surf club, in council’s wisdom, they erect a relocatable toilet block opposite.

Why can’t it be a permanent, well maintained, airy and attractive place that people are happy to use?

Another one, the toilet block at Pilgrim Park, is closed and has been surrounded for some time with an untidy mesh fence, why?

We are told by council that it wasn’t necessary to have it there. Pardon me, but this is one of the few places in Brunswick Heads where travellers and vehicles towing caravans have room to park and rest in an historic, pleasant, tree shaded, quiet environment.

Now the toilets are closed, not very sensible.

Moving onto that other tourist gem in the shire where we should be looking after our visitors, Mullumbimby.

There were two Rotary built, roofed, picnic tables and seats in Brunswick Terrace near Federation Bridge. Council in their wisdom removed these and replaced them with tables and seats, but no roofs (cost too much).

How sensible is that when travellers and anyone else, need protection from the sun (well publicised these days) and from the rain. Thanks council, brilliant thinking.

One of the two rusted out, non-maintained gas BBQs in the same area, has been replaced with a stainless steel one about six months ago (immediately graffitied, what did you expect).

Oh gas? Sorry no gas, can’t afford it. So that new BBQ hasn’t been used what a ridiculous situation.

We pray that one day we might get some vision and foresight from Byron Shire Council for once, and have clean and well maintained amenities that benefit ratepayers and visitors alike, and that we can be proud of, for a change.

Terry Newling, Mullumbimby


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