Visitor Centre amenities open

Published on 18 December 2020

Opening he VIC toilets - Mark Honey - Sally Bursell Gareth Ward and Honni Procter

Kiama’s ‘second biggest tourist attraction’ has been given a major upgrade just in time for the busy holiday season.

Kiama Council and the NSW Government have invested more than $500,000 on refurbishing the heavily-used public amenities at the Visitor Information Centre at Blowhole Point.

Mayor Mark Honey said the new public toilets were designed to meet the demands of the more than 60,000 people who drop into the Visitor Information Centre each year.

“I want to thank the contractors for their efforts to have the new amenities ready for the Christmas school holidays, when you can be assured they will get good use,” Clr Honey said.

“I also want to thank the NSW Government which has provided the funding support for what is a significant project for our community.”

The Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP has also welcomed the official opening of the new facilities.

“I am extremely pleased that the NSW Government’s investment under the Stronger Country Communities Fund has helped to upgrade the public amenities at the Blowhole Point Visitor Information Centre in Kiama,” Mr Ward said.

“As your local MP, I love working hard to secure investments in our community that improve the lives of locals. This project is a great example of the strong relationship I have with Kiama Council that gets things done for our community.”

The project involved a full refurbishment of the existing amenities, to provide more female toilets, and a new fully accessible toilet and parent changing room.

A new external building now houses an increased number of male amenities.

Director Engineering and Works Mike Dowd said the amenity upgrade was the latest improvement to the busy tourist destination, and part of the Blowhole Point Masterplan.

“Other improvements we’re looking at as part of the Masterplan include restoring the greenspace around the iconic Blowhole lighthouse, to give visitors better access to inspect and photograph the historic building,” Mr Dowd said.

“We also want to improve pedestrian safety by shifting car parking away from the base of the lighthouse, to a larger site to the north with significantly more car spaces.”

“Increasing car parking on Blowhole Point Road, outside the Visitor Information is also part of the Masterplan.”

The Blowhole Point amenities are the latest to be upgraded as part of Kiama Council’s ‘great toilet clean up’, launched in 2017.

More than a dozen amenity blocks have now been refurbished, upgraded, or in some cases completely rebuilt, throughout our municipality.