New public toilets for Kaikōura

Kaikōura’s West End toilets. Photo: David Hill
Kaikōura’s West End toilets. Photo: David Hill
Kaikōura could have new public toilets ready for the summer influx of visitors.

Kaikōura District Council has placed an order for new prefabricated units to replace the existing West End toilet, increase capacity at the Mill Road toilet, and provide a toilet for Churchill Park.

Chief executive Will Doughty said the existing West End toilet block required ongoing maintenance and no longer met the ‘‘modern expectations of public toilets’’.

‘‘We hope they will be ready for Christmas, so this gives us enough time to get them ordered, delivered and installed.

‘‘It is really great that we can get that going.’’

The community has been requesting a public toilet at Churchill Park for some time, while the Mill Road toilets at the northern end of Kaikōura were heavily used by travellers, Mr Doughty said.

The project will be funded by a $900,000 grant from the previous Government’s ‘‘Better Off’’ fund and a $135,860 grant from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Tourism Infrastructure Fund.

Kaikōura organisations to receive funding boost

Mr Doughty said 22 applications were received from local organisations for the council’s $100,000 discretionary grant, with 13 successful.

He said $39,000 will be allocated to the sport and recreation sector, $27,500 to heritage organisations, $18,500 to the arts, $10,000 to community organisations and $5000 for environmental projects.

‘‘It represents quite a good mix of the various organisations in our community,’’ he said

Most of the unsuccessful applicants did not meet the funding criteria, but there were other funding avenues they could apply for, Mr Doughty said.

The Kaikōura District Council’s discretionary grant will be confirmed in the 2024/34 Long Term Plan, when it is adopted at the June council meeting.

By David Hill, Local Democracy Reporter

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