Public toilets are urgently needed at Pisa Moorings, but one
of the possible side effects - an increase in freedom camping
- is less welcome, submitters say.
The Clutha Management Committee will today consider a
proposal for a single unisex toilet to be placed in Dustin
Park, near the playground and road to the boat ramp.
Thirty-six submissions have been received - 26 supporting,
two giving conditional support, seven opposed and one
Central Otago District Council parks and recreation manager
Mathew Begg said $100,000 had been set aside in the estimates
for the project. Submissions from the local community plan
group initially highlighted the need for such a facility.
The area is administered by the council, which has a
management agreement over the park and playground, but Land
Information New Zealand is the statutory land manager. Mr
Begg said the management agreement would have to be changed
to install a toilet.
''Should the proposal proceed, it would be considered that no
camping would be allowed in the immediate vicinity of the
There were no other public toilets nearby and the proposed
site was ''well away'' from houses, he said.
The facility could be built before the end of the financial
year. Annual costs would include about $2000 for cleaning,
$2000 for maintenance and up to $1000 for power.
Supporters said the toilet should be constructed promptly, as
the area was popular, and rubbish bins and a drinking
fountain could also be installed.
''A modern toilet facility at this location is now a
must-have as Dustin Park has become a very popular
destination for family picnics, a safe swimming area and a
popular launch location for boaties,'' submitter Ken McGraw,
of Pisa, said.
''... inappropriate use of vegetation, behind boats, etc in
the Dustin Park area as default toilets may become a health
matter and far greater issue for local residents, and parents
with children using Dustin Park, than the minor visual
presence of a modern, well-constructed and appropriately
landscaped toilet,'' he said.
Many submitters aired concerns that siting a public toilet in
the area would encourage more freedom camping and asked how a
camping ban would be policed. Janet Shaw, of Pisa, questioned
the need for the facility. She said the playground was mostly
used by local residents, who could use their own toilet
facilities. The proposed location was too close to houses. A
toilet would be visually and environmentally unacceptable,
might have a negative impact on property values in the area,
encourage freedom camping and attract litter ''and
anti-social behaviour'', she said.
'' . . . the cost of building and maintaining a toilet at
Dustin Park would be a gross misuse of ratepayer funds as it
would only benefit a very small number of people,'' she said.
Several people said the proposed site for the toilet was too
close to the boat ramp road.