Council received a Notice of Motion (NoM) at its February 2018 Strategy & Assets Meeting. As a result, Council resolved to allocate $75,000 to fund the construction of a public amenity at Culburra beach – Curleys Bay and to decommission the public amenity - Orient Point – Orient Point Reserve and transfer its operating costs to the new facility. The work at Culburra beach - Curleys Bay recreational park is being undertaken the community and is proposed to be complete by November 2018. (hyperlink to new webpage) The Orient Point Public amenity was decommissioned in May 2018.
The public amenity (toilet) was constructed in 1975.
Council has 119 Public amenities of which 58 meet the needs of persons with disabilities enabling inclusivity. Council has a Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) which states that 1 in 2 people who we consulted with said that footpaths, ramps and public toilets were not easy to use in the Shoalhaven. Orient Point Reserve is down a steep set of stairs and is not able to be used by some people with disabilities. Council's strategy is that public toilets provided by Council be modified or replaced by accessible toilets. This toilet is being replaced with a public amenity at Culburra beach – Curleys Bay (hyperlink to webpage) There is a public amenity at Orient Point Boat ramp, 450 metres away, which is accessible compliant and provides inclusivity for all persons to use including those with disabilities.
Council's Integrated Strategic Plan states that - utilisation and operating/maintenance costs shall be monitored to ensure that costs do not outweigh the benefits derived. (Culburra beach – Curleys bay public amenity (toilet) will have higher utilisation) And Minimum utilisation measures shall be determined for all assets to determine surplus assets. The utilisation survey undertaken in school holidays on the 18th April 2018 recorded 2 persons patronising the facility during the day.
Shoalhaven Community Survey Management report identified that 30.5% of persons were dissatisfied with public amenities (toilets) in the Shoalhaven. The decommissioning of these public toilets removes the low satisfaction level and they will be replaced by public amenities (toilets ) at Culburra beach – Curleys bay and alternate public amenities (toilets) are available at Orient Point Boat Ramp.
Community engagement was undertaken with 3 three notices placed on the public amenities at Orient Point reserve – prior to their decommissioning.
Since public amenities at Orient Point Reserve were constructed in 1975, public amenities have been constructed in Orient Point & Culburra Beach at: -
- Orient Point boat ramp
- Culburra Park
- Tilbury Cove
- Crookhaven Heads boat ramp
- East Crescent reserve
- Lakeside Park
- Ocean Street – beach access