Celebrating World Toilet Day

Published on 19 November 2020

Cleaner John Ramsay and Darren Brennan outside the amenities at Jones Beach

Kiama Council is asking everyone using public amenities to consider the people who clean and maintain them on World Toilet Day (19 November).

Director Engineering and Works Mike Dowd said even for smaller councils managing public toilets was a significant operation.

“We have 29 public toilet blocks in our municipality, most of which our waste services team service every single day,” Mr Dowd said.

“In fact, during holiday seasons and long weekends our toilet blocks in the most popular areas are cleaned twice a day.”

Mr Dowd said council workers, on average, spend more than 100 hours a week keeping our amenities spick and span.

“A really important point to make is that throughout all stages of the COVID pandemic, our public amenities have remained open.”

“That means our team of cleaners have still been getting up early every morning to clean our public amenities, even during lockdown.”

“The professionalism and dedication they have shown, keeping these public facilities operating, is worth acknowledging today in particular.”

As well as keeping our public toilets clean, the waste services crew also make sure they are also stocked with enough toilet paper.

On average our team replaces more than 20,000 rolls and packs of toilet paper each year.

The rolls alone would measure approximately 250 kilometres.

Mr Dowd said as well as cleaning, Council invested significant effort and resources ensuring the toilet blocks were in good shape.

“In 2017 we embarked on a ‘great toilet clean-up’, starting with renovations to the amenities at Black Beach.”

“Since then we have refurbished, upgraded or in some cases completely rebuilt more than a dozen amenities throughout our municipality.”

“They include large projects such as the new amenities and change rooms at Kevin Walsh Oval in Jamberoo, worth around $750,000.”

“There has also been smaller but important upgrades at places such as Emery Reserve in Gerroa.”

Mr Dowd said an important aspect of the upgrades was, where possible, adding accessible facilities.

“The new amenities at Kevin Walsh Oval not only have brand new accessible toilets, but an adult change table as well.”

“We were also able to add an accessible toilet when we rebuilt the amenities at Lloyd Rees Reserve at Werri Beach.”

Currently, council contractors are working on the new amenities at our Visitor Information Centre, which should be ready for the summer holidays.

Image: John Ramsay and Darren Brennan from our waste services team outside the amenities at Jones Beach