Following the official opening of “Active” Park at Bells Reach last weekend, BeCA made inquiries to Cr Baberowski on the lack of toilet facilities at the new park. Active Park is described as a “neighbourhood park” and therefore does not qualify to have public toilet facilities.
Only parks which are designed to attract visitors from outside the local community have access to Public Toilets. Local or Neighbourhood Parks are there for the convenience of the local community rather than to cater for people from outside the area.
Maintenance of Public Toilets with water usage, regular cleaning and servicing make the ongoing cost of Public Toilets rather large. These ongoing costs are needed to met by Council and in turn rate payers.
The night lights at the Tennis Courts in Canavan Gracie Recreation Reserve have been permanently switched off. SC Council is investigating the possibility of a “User Pays” system in the future. Previously the tennis court lights would be left on at different times throughout the evening, even at times when the courts were not in use. These electricity costs were being met by SC Council.