The subject of public toilets has been a ongoing topic across the Northern Beaches however particularly in Manly where 6 million visitors explore annually.
This was a topic that Clr Sarah Grattan had taken to the election as a promise to look into as the local sentiment was one of horror and embarrassment.
Clr Grattan tabled her Notice of Motion along with this background and it was pleasing to note that it was voted through unanimously by all Councillors.
BACKGROUND FROM COUNCILLOR SARAH GRATTAN The provision of safe and accessible public toilets is an important function of local government. The current standard of public amenities on the Northern Beaches, and particularly in the Manly CBD, is a source of concern of the Northern Beaches community. This is highlighted in the Northern Beaches Council Community Satisfaction Survey 2017, which raised the condition of public toilets as a Top 3 concern and area for action. I believe that now with a single Council for the Northern Beaches we have an opportunity to use our increased capacity to provide high quality public toilet facilities across the Northern Beaches. Manly is the gateway to the Northern Beaches and sets the expectations of the entire peninsular as a tourist destination and so should be an area of particular focus. Other Council areas in Australia have achieved significant improvements to public amenities using modern principles of design and establishing guidelines for implementation. Examples include Brisbane City Council and City of Townsville. With the new scale of the Northern Beaches Council we now have the opportunity to achieve similar results for our community.