Loos to offer more convenience

By Abi Thomas

A larger, more user-friendly toilet block is on the cards for Kamo, plus stormwater and wastewater improvements.

In a report to the Whangarei District Council's infrastructure and services committee yesterday, waste and drainage manager Andrew Carvell proposed to relocate the Kamo toilet building to the Hora Hora Domain.

The proposed new toilet building design is expected to be similar to the Whangarei Falls Reserve toilet block and would include baby-changing facilities.

Design details had not been finalised but the project would start next April or May and finish in August or September.

The Kamo stormwater and wastewater improvements budget was originally approved in the long term plan, but has since been estimated to cost much less than expected, leaving room for spend on the new toilet block as well. The whole project is expected to cost about $232,000.

The toilet block was requested by Kamo Community Inc, and at yesterday's committee meeting Denby Ward councillor John Williamson congratulated it for coming forward with the request. "Proper public toilets have been on the agenda there for years ...

this is an indicator that the Community Response Plan works."

Meanwhile, extra toilets are set to be installed at Barge Park in Maunu. The Whangarei A&P; Society requested them, saying they were needed for events, as well as joggers and walkers.

The Barge Park toilet block is not on the council's 10-year list of capital works for toilets, so it has asked the A&P; Society to fund the project to the tune of $68,700, with the council to reimburse from the capital works budget when it is able.

- Northern Advocate

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