Council aims to install or upgrade one new public toilet in Yarra each year, subject to funding being approved as part of Council’s annual capital works budget.
We want to make sure Yarra has a decent spread of modern, clean, disability-compliant toilets in areas where people gather.
In September 2011, a new public toilet (pictured at right) opened in Victoria Street, Fitzroy, near the intersection with Brunswick Street.
In addition to the toilet, a drinking fountain, bike hoops and new street lighting was installed. A parking bay for people with disabilities was also created near the toilet. Four parking spaces in Victoria Street were removed to make way for the toilet and extended kerb. The entire project cost about $250,000.
The Victoria Street location was selected by Council after it abandoned plans for a toilet on the corner of Brunswick and Westgarth streets, Fitzroy. Following objections to that location from local organisations and residents, Council officers investigated other potential sites along Brunswick Street, and suggested the Victoria Street site. Council’s long-term plan is to find three suitable locations for public toilets along Brunswick Street.
Next public toilet to be installed - Queens Parade, North Fitzroy
A new public toilet is being installed at the corner of Queens Parade and Michael Street, Clifton Hill.
The facility is expected to be completed in late June 2013. It will operate during the restricted hours of 7am-9pm daily.
A public toilet is needed in this busy shopping strip, especially for people with disabilities or chronic illnesses.
Council decided to install the unisex, automated public toilet in 2012. About $250,000 was allocated in Council's 2012/2013 budget to purchase and install the toilet.
The Commonwealth Bank raised concerns with Council about the toilet's proximity to its branch. Council commissioned an independent security risk assessment of the proposed toilet and its likely impact on the bank branch. The report concluded that the impact of the toilet on the bank branch would be minimal.
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