Petition for unisex toilets in CBD

MORE than 1000 people have already signed a petition calling on the Richmond Valley Council to install two self-managing public toilets in the Casino central business district.

But that’s just the start, according to the Richmond Valley Ratepayers’ Association, which is spearheading the community campaign to install the self-contained unisex toilet cubicles in Walker and Barker streets.

“In just two weeks we have collected more than 1000 signatures,” ratepayers’ association committee member Mavis Mohammed said.

“The response has been fantastic.

“We’ve had people thanking us for launching the campaign, saying they are glad that someone is finally doing something about getting toilets in the CBD.

“The community is 100 per cent behind this campaign and we hope to have significantly more signatures within the next few weeks.”

Following the closure of the public toilet block at the rear of the Municipal Arcade in Walker Street several years ago, Richmond Valley Council opened the toilets at the Casino Civic Hall to the public.

Mrs Mohammed said the Civic Hall toilets were impractical as they were too far away to be easily accessed by CBD users, particularly the elderly, the disabled and parents with small children.

She also said they were not properly signposted, making them difficult for visitors to locate, and even when they could find them they were often not open.

The toilets are closed on Saturday afternoons and Sundays.

Mrs Mohammed said ratepayer association members would be doorknocking throughout Casino over the coming weeks to collect more signatures for the petition.



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