Swimmers' long wait for new loo
GYMPIE Region ratepayers have spent a pretty penny on a pretty new public toilet at Rainbow Beach.
The new toilets replace the run-down facilities to which most have become accustomed and will allow beach visitors to spend their own metaphorical pennies in much improved surroundings.
The toilets are the end product of a long story of troublesome inter-government relations - one which would give most people a serious case of the kind of tummy upset for which the toilets are designed.
Councillors learned last year that beach bathers wanting to use the new facilities would just have to wait a little longer, after the Department of Environment and Resource Management reneged on an earlier indication of approval for toilets on the ocean side of beach access road.
But, after the council had spent considerable time and money surveying the then-proposed site, DERM announced that it had changed its mind, on the basis that the site was erosion prone.
DERM's approval of the new site, on the same side as the old toilets, turned out to be more reliable, despite also being originally worded in a non-committal way.