New “ladies and gentlemen” in Mt Cotton

Mt Cotton residents’ calls for a “wee bit of relief” were answered recently, with the opening of new toilets at one of the suburbs’ major family parks.

The $150,000 toilet construction project has provided much sought-after amenities at Mt Cotton Community Park.

Completed last month, the amenities include a disabled toilet, two standard toilets and a baby change table. A rainwater storage and distribution system has also been constructed.

Division 6 Councillor, Julie Talty said that the community had been calling for toilets in the Mt Cotton Community Park, which features picnic areas, a playground, a dog off-leash area, basketball courts and a skate park.

“I am delighted that these facilities are now open for the park users. Being without toilets was especially difficult for the many families with young children who use this park.

“While new toilets may not always make headlines, they are vital to the useability and family-friendliness of the green space and this has been a very important project for Mt Cotton,” she said.

The toilet building is located near the main car park, by the two lakes.

A number of crucial factors determined the location of the toilets, including:

• The higher location will prevent flooding of the toilets during heavy rains, as most of the park is in a flood-prone zone.
• The toilets need to be in close proximity to the car park for equitable access for the disabled.
• Being in a visible location maximises public safety, in line with “Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design” principles.
• It is central to the various park facilities.

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