Loo shocker: Public toilets left in dreadful state
LESS than a week after new contractors took over the cleaning of the region's public toilets, the facilities in Mary St have been labelled "a disgrace".
Dirty, broken and devoid of soap and toilet paper, some female workers in the CBD were not impressed about having to take their own roll of paper with them when they went to the loo.
Gympie Regional Council saved a million dollars in outgoing expenses this year by opting for the cheapest tenders - sometimes at the expense of local companies.
But Mayor Ron Dyne said yesterday the big saving on the toilet cleaning contract - some $130,000 - had come from rolling four separate contracts into one.
The quality of the service was the same, he said.
The toilets were still being checked and cleaned twice a day - once at 6.45am and again between 2-3pm.
The council had stopped supplying bars of soap to the Mary St toilets because certain members of the community had been using the soap to stick their used needles in.
When the council switched to liquid soap, needles were shoved into the "tap" part of the container which people pump when washing their hands.
"So at this stage, because of the safety issue, we are not putting soap in
the public toilets," Cr Dyne said.
He said the council was made aware on Friday that City Centre Stage toilets had run out of paper, and staff were immediately dispatched to restock. The reason they had run out was because the new contractor, Advanced National Services, had not at that stage been supplied with the key that unlocks the toilet roll dispensers.
"Certainly the council does not like to see dirty public toilets because that is what a town is judged on - the cleanliness of its toilets. But we believe we now have the situation in hand," he said. "If people do have complaints, by all means contact the council - we like to make sure that the toilets are clean."
What they said on Facebook
- I took my little girl in there on a Thursday afternoon a few weeks ago and there was blood on the floor I made sure she didn't touch anything! Obviously they can't be there to clean them after every person, so I understand that but it was a bit gross. - Lisa-Marie Watson
- I took my 2 little girls in there and thought they were smelly and quite dirty; didn't look like they had been cleaned for weeks. - Lisa Little
- Went in there last Friday, was so gross. I walked out again along with a few other ladies. No paper either. - Amy-Louise Strahl
- One in amphitheatre is always dirty and gross ... memorial lane are mostly clean and well kept. - Tess Vandermaal
- I try not to use any of the public toilets in or round Mary St, none of them are very clean. - Sandra Chilly
- The toilets in the amphitheatre are always smelly and dirty. The hand-dryers are useless. - Kellie Cortizo
- Nelson reserve toilets = YUK. - Toni Weller