Priority listing

Priority listing

What are the top 20 public amenities to be replaced / refurbished / extended / new or decommissioned?

  Suburb Location Proposal Proposed Strategy
1 Sanctuary Point Clifton Reserve Single unisex facilities for persons with disabilities New - Complete September 2018
2 Bendalong Boat Ramp Four unisex facilities with two for persons with disabilities Replace - New Location – Under construction
3 Culburra Beach Curleys Beach Reserve - Prince Edward Ave Single unisex facilities for persons with disabilities New – Under construction
4 Berry Apex Park Decommission existing toilets for new CBD toilets Replace - Improved
5 Cudmirrah Errol Bond reserve - Goonawarra Drive Twin unisex facilities for persons with disabilities Replace - New Location
6 Sussex Inlet Chris Creek Twin unisex facilities for persons with disabilities New
7 Hyams Beach Southern/ Seamans Beach extend two unisex facilities Extend
8 Erowal Bay Fire Station Reserve Twin unisex facilities for persons with disabilities Replace - Improved
9 Hyams Beach Hyams reserve/ Chinaman's beach Four unisex facilities with two for persons with disabilities New
10 Shoalhaven Heads Surf Club (Gumley Reserve) Twin unisex facilities for persons with disabilities Extend & Refurbish
11 Vincentia Plantation Point Parade Plantation Point Four unisex facilities with two for persons with disabilities Replace - Improved
12 Nowra Endeavour park Replace new location - single use unisex facility Replace new location
13 Hyams Beach Boat ramp Four unisex facilities with two for persons with disabilities Replace
14 Burrill Lake McDonald Parade Remove - Lions park provides a link with pedestrian activity - 300metres to Burrill lake lions park Toilets Decommission
15 Narrawallee Adjacent Lake Entrance Four unisex facilities with two for persons with disabilities Replace - Improved
16 Ulladulla Boree Street Four unisex facilities with two for persons with disabilities including a lift and change facility Replace - Improved
17 Ulladulla Green Street Decommission when Boree Street public amenities are replaced Decommission
18 Mollymook Beach North end - Beach Road Four unisex facilities with two for persons with disabilities and storage for lifeguards Replace - Improved
19 Culburra Beach Surf Club Twin unisex facilities for persons with disabilities Extend & Refurbish
20 Callala Beach Callala Beach Rd Twin unisex facilities for persons with disabilities Replace - Improved

How are Public amenity (toilet/s) prioritised?

The provision of public amenities is an integral part of the provision of other services such as:

  • Waterways (beaches, estuaries or lakes);
  • Commercial / shopping centres, and
  • Parks / Reserves.

Council provides toilets at other community locations such as sporting venues, libraries and community buildings but these are typically only available for patrons of the facility whilst it is operating.

Council has developed a weighted average index that highlights which of the waterways, shopping centres or parks services require the provision of a public toilet.

For parks the weighting considers if:

  • It is an icon/ district or local park. Weighting is given to icon and district parks;
  • Has a playground and the size of the playground;
  • Has a BBQ and the number of BBQs;
  • Has a shelter and the size of the shelter;
  • Services a sporting field;
  • Has a skate park;
  • Has a learn to ride facility, and
  • Has an outdoor gym.

For the CBD or Commercial / shopping centres the weighting considers:

  • The size of the shopping centre, and
  • If there is more than one toilet in the CBD area if it is the main toilet.

For waterways the weighting considers:

  • If it’s a beach;
  • if the beach is patrolled;
  • if it is a family/ surfing or diving beach;
  • if it is an inland waterway;
  • Has a boat ramp and the level of utilisation? and
  • Has a wharf or jetty.

Other factors considered are:

  • Carpark - size and utilisation levels;
  • If others rely on the toilet, for example an overflow for picture theatre, public hall, tennis courts, men’s sheds, arboretum, Swimming Pool;
  • Highway rest stop;
  • Dog off-leash area;
  • Safer by design principles, and
  • Town rank if there is to be only one toilet.

Thus, the current priority is to replace:

  • Existing;
  • Highly utilised toilets;
  • At the end of their life or before their condition detracts patronage;
  • That do not comply with current accessibility standards. 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) feedback was that 1 in 2 people who we consulted with said that footpaths, ramps and public toilets were not easy to use in the Shoalhaven. Councils strategy is to provide toilets that can be modified or replaced by accessible toilets.
  • Councils Integrated Strategic Plan states that with Asset Management Planning - Utilisation and operating/maintenance costs shall be monitored to ensure that costs do not outweigh the benefits derived. Minimum utilisation measures shall be determined for all assets to determine surplus assets.
  • to meet current budget available
  • new will be considered with embellishment of infrastructure and increase in patronage

Other strategies:

  • Port-a-loos are provided to locations that are seasonal
  • signage is provided to locations directing patrons to the nearest available public amenity

Customer Survey

Council had IRIS Research undertake a Community Survey in 2016. The survey identified that public toilets are an area for improvement in the Shoalhaven with only 69.5% of the population satisfied or providing no comment in relation to. The survey identified Public amenities as low satisfaction and a high derived importance. These public toilets are identified as being in poor condition. Are we getting better? The 2018 Community Survey has Public amenities at a satisfaction rate 74% of persons were satisfied or neutral with the public toilets. We are improving! In the last two years we have Constructed a new public amenity at Sanctuary Point – Clifton reserve, Mollymook All-inclusive/ all abilities play space, replaced a public amenity at Ulladulla harbor near the sea pool and decommissioned a similar low utilisation public amenity at Orient Point reserve.

They have been identified as low satisfaction and a high derived importance.

Further information is available on Councils webpage – public amenities (toilets)

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