MEN wearing Playboy-style bunny costumes with pink undies were responsible for council staff closing one Murwillumbah toilet block and making it unsafe for the general public, according to Tweed Shire councillor Joan van Lieshout.
Her comments came as councillors voted on Tuesday night to demolish two other Murwillumbah toilet blocks and decommission another three across the shire following an earlier report recommending closing up to 15 public toilets.
Cr van Lieshout said she had asked staff why a toilet block at the Lions Lookout overlooking Murwillumbah had been closed.
“Staff went to clean the facility and it was not nice,” she said.
“Not only did they find a mess, there were gentlemen running around in bunny rabbits and pink undies.
“It was unsavoury. It was certainly not being used by the general public.”
Cr van Lieshout said she preferred to use toilets in shopping centres rather than public facilities.
“We have to get realistic. People don't like public toilets,” she added.
“I have grandchildren and when I need to go I prefer to take them to a shopping centre.”
She was backed by the Mayor, Kevin Skinner, who raised concerns about spending money building a new toilet block on riverbank parkland near the council headquarters in Murwillumbah to replace toilets to be closed down.
Cr Skinner said the proposed new block was not far from toilets outside the old art gallery, the Coolamon Centre in Tumbulgum Rd, which he said should also be demolished if the new block went ahead.
“The majority of people who want to go to a toilet will not go to a public toilet,” Cr Skinner added. “They will look for a private facility because it's cleaner.
“Murwillumbah has that many toilets. No new development has anywhere near that.”
The Deputy Mayor, Barry Longland, failed in a last minute bid to remove toilet blocks at Razorback at Tweed Heads and Wommin Bay from the list of those to be closed, despite support from Greens Party councillor Katie Milne.
Cr Milne said tourists needed public toilets.
“You can't have tourism if you don't have toilet blocks,” she said.
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