Ever get that niggling feeling of being caught short when you’re going about your business in town? That will be a thing of the past for Lismore residents.
Lismore City Council has listened to shoppers, partygoers and business-people alike and commenced construction of a 24-hour, unisex toilet in the Lismore CBD, which it expects to be completed in about six weeks.
The $90,000 toilet will be built on the median strip on Keen Street near the intersection of Keen and Woodlark streets – a hotspot for late-night revellers.
And that won’t be the only toot in town that gets a makeover.
Council’s executive director sustainable development Brent McAlister said the new toilet was a key component of Council’s CBD and Riverbank Improvement Program, which also includes an upgrade of the Clyde Campbell Carpark toilet block and refurbishment of the Lismore Transit Centre toilets.
‘This toilet is definitely by popular demand – businesses have been telling us for a long time we need more toilets, and better toilets, so we are responding,’ he said.
‘The new toilet will be cleaned twice a day and can be used by both daytime shoppers and night-time hotel patrons. This is a much-needed addition to our CBD.’
Brent said Lismore had been crying out for 24-hour facilities for some time.
‘It’s important that this toilet is open at night given its location near hotels, food premises and clubs,’ Brent said.
‘It will then be cleaned each morning, ready for use by daytime shoppers. This is another example of council working closely with the Lismore Chamber of Commerce. New toilets, especially in this location, have been the number one issue raised by business operators at the Chamber forums over recent years.’
Other projects being undertaken by the CBD and Riverbank Improvement Program, include additional cleaning in the CBD and River a new footpath and vegetation along the eastern riverbank of the Wilsons.
Council will begin an upgrade of the inner footpath around the CBD block in 2016/17. The work will cost $1.5 million and will be completed over four years.