Toilet plan unclogged

THE bathers of Rainbow Beach have been waiting for years to spend a penny in more congenial beachside surroundings.

And Gympie Region councillors, including Mayor Ron Dyne, today accepted that people should not have to hold on much longer.

Councillors at today’s council Works and Services Committee finally had the chance to choose a tenderer for construction of the long-awaited new amenities block, to replace the old one near the beach vehicle access point below the surf club.

But the future convenience of bathers seems set to cost far more than even the pretty penny originally envisaged by councillors.

After spending $45,000 on architect’s plans for a toilet block to go on the eastern side of the beach access road and car park, councillors suddenly found last year that the plan had been refused by the Department of Environment and Resource Management.

Today, after most obstacles had been overcome, councillors resolved to recommend acceptance of the lowest tender ($391,446.70) to build the planned toilets, despite the tender being well in excess of the $320,000 set aside in the council’s current budget.

After a hurried search for the extra money, councillors resolved to recommend that it be taken from the amount provided for road improvements associated with the toilets.

Planned pedestrian safety improvements will not be affected by the funding re-think, but provision of some car park places will be delayed until the next budget.

Gympie Times

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