Locked loo has tourist cross
MYSTERY surrounds this week’s case of the locked loos at Flinders Park, Yamba, but the inconvenience was enough to leave at least one tourist baffled – and busting.
The three disabled/mixed men’s and women’s toilets in the popular picnic area above Main Beach were locked at lunchtime with no explanation or directions to the next open facility.
“I am just passing through, so I don’t really know the town,” the tourist said.
“I ended up finding the toilets at Main Beach, but I just thought it was strange that they were locked in a tourist town.
“Other than that, I love the town.”
Clarence Valley Council manager environment and open spaces Peter Birch said the five busiest toilets in Yamba – at Turners Beach, Ford Park, Lions Park, Main Beach and Flinders Park – were closed nightly on dark and re-opened again around 6.30am.
The public toilets at Yamba Bay (near the Fish co-op) remain open 24 hours.
“This has been in practice for eight or 10 years when vandalism to toilets was costing council around $50,000 annually,” Mr Birch said. He said Tuesday’s closure was uncommon and so were complaints about the number of public toilets and their closure.
“This is the first report of someone not having access to a toilet that I have encountered,” he said.