Public toilet facilities raise a stink

Toilet cleanliness issues have been raised in Fremantle.
Toilet cleanliness issues have been raised in Fremantle.

Tania, who did not want her surname published, makes regular trips into Fremantle and said she saw few public toilets in Fremantle that were clean enough to use, and many people did not feel safe using what was available, especially the Kings Square facility.

The state of the city’s public toilets is not a new issue. The Gazette published an article in September 2012 after a Mad Hatter Market stallholder criticised the Kings Square facilities, labelling them dirty and unsafe despite having undergone a renovation.

She said she found it frustrating to be in a city like Fremantle and not have access to a clean, safe toilet to use.

‘The library toilet is disgusting with faeces on the wall and undesirables hanging around,’ she said. ‘On nearby portable toilets, the door flings open after a few minutes, which is wrong.

‘I used to go to Myer but that is shut now and it does impact on how long I stay in Fremantle.

‘I think it is one of the issues that stop people wandering through Fremantle and I think it is very important for the City to provide clean and safe toilets for the community and for them to be monitored to stop trouble.’

City of Fremantle technical services director Peter Pikor said the City operates five public toilets at Kings Square, William Street, Arthur Head and two sets at the Esplanade and that all were inspected regularly.

‘We have increased the number of cleans per day at the busy sites. Kings Square gets five cleans, William Street six, Arthur Head four and both Esplanade facilities four cleans per day,’ he said.

‘The CBD safety and liaison officers frequently patrol spaces around public toilets.

‘Public toilet and baby change facilities will be key elements addressed within the Kings Square Project and surrounding areas.’