New public toilets will be installed at 15 locations across city streets and parks under a City of Sydney plan to provide more high-quality,
accessible public amenities.
Many of the new facilities will be on busy retail streets making these areas more appealing and convenient for shoppers, especially those with small children.
The public toilet strategy adopted by the City of Sydney will also increase the number of public toilets in suburbs across the local government area, as well as major parks.
The strategy recommends establishing a voluntary scheme to encourage Sydney retailers, cafes and other businesses to open their toilets, as happens in many overseas cities, and display signs stating toilets are for public use.
Following a trial, fees to use JC Decaux automated public toilets have been scrapped and all City of Sydney public toilets are to be free.
A draft public toilet strategy and action plan containing many of the initiatives was placed on public exhibition last year after City research revealed people wanted more toilets and for those toilets to be easier to find. Before the plan is implemented, the City will consult with residents and businesses on design and location of new toilets and identify funds for the new works in future budgets.
The City operates about half of the local government area’s 117 public toilet facilities, with the remainder provided by shopping centres and government agencies, including the Royal Botanic Gardens and RailCorp.
The strategy also approves new automated toilets in Erskineville Road, Erskineville, Oxford Street, Paddington, William Street, Darlinghurst, King Street, Newtown, Regent Street, Waterloo and Lawson Square, Redfern.
As well as providing additional toilets, the strategy contains other measures to improve the availability of existing public toilets, including:
• Providing accessible toilets at Town Hall House as part of the current upgrade;
• opening upgraded toilets to the public in daylight at Erskineville, Waterloo and Jubilee ovals;
• Investigating installation of retractable pop-up urinals, which are widely used in Europe, in Kings Cross, Oxford Street and George Street.
NSW Police said a trial of urinals in Oxford Street had seen reduced incidence of public urination in the area.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the strategy and action plan were another important step to improve the liveability and amenity of the city.
“This means cleaner and more easily accessible public toilets, especially in areas that don’t currently have facilities that are readily available,” the Lord Mayor said.
“As part of this strategy we will work with businesses to increase the number of facilities available for the public. It’s a win-win – studies have shown that in some overseas cities, making toilets publically available, has led to an increase in customer numbers.”
The strategy also calls for more maps, signs and other measures to help people easily locate public toilets. The strategy recommends installing prominent signs on the exterior of all public toilets and on city buildings.
Under the strategy, the City will work with other agencies to install public toilets at Barangaroo and along the George Street light rail corridor.
Implementing the plan is estimated to cost $8.26 million, including around $6 million for new facilities and $1 million for the demolition and adaptive re-use of five redundant toilet facilities.
New facilities are planned for these parks:
Sydney Park, Alexandria;
Victoria Park, Chippendale;
Glebe Foreshore Park, Glebe;
Green Park, Darlinghurst;
Observatory Hill Park, Millers Point; and
Wentworth Park, Glebe.
And for these city streets:
William Street, Darlinghurst;
Darlinghurst Road, Kings Cross;
Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo;
Lawson Square, Redfern;
Railway Square, Haymarket;
The Hub Square, King Street, Newtown;
Oxford Street, Paddington;
Regent Street, Waterloo; and
Erskineville Road, Erskineville.
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