THE City of Joondalup is investigating the possibility of installing a toilet facility at Shepherds Bush Park in Kingsley.
The park has become a popular community facility with a bike skills track, pump and jump trail, play space and picnic equipment.
At the September council meeting, Cr John Logan requested a report on the feasibility of installing a low cost, low maintenance toilet facility at the park, which was presented to the council at Tuesday’s meeting.
He said the park attracted “large numbers of people for significant periods of time” and the nearest public toilet was about 700m away at at Barridale Park.
He also said when compared to Delamere Park in Currambine, which is of a similar classification and size and has a toilet, Shepherds Bush Park had three to four times more visitors.
Though councillors unanimously voted to consult the public on the possibility of installing a toilet facility, Cr Tom McLean pointed out there were no budgeted funds for the project.
“The consultation and engagement process will probably be completed by the time we get to the budget round so then it will be up to my colleagues to justify the expenditure,” he said.
The council report stated that costs associated with installing a “modest” toilet facility at Shepherds Bush Park was estimated between $80,000 and $120,000.
The City is seeking feedback to determine the level of support for the installation with community consultation starting today.
“I encourage all members of the community who enjoy the wonderful assets on offer at Shepherds Bush Park to have their say on whether the proposed toilet facility should proceed so the council can make an informed decision,” Mayor Albert Jacob said.
“The proposed location and design of the toilet facility has been selected to ensure minimal impact on park users, the neighbouring bushland area and residents living nearby.”
Submissions can be made before December 19 at www.joondalup.wa.gov.au or by calling 9400 4255 for a hard copy.
The City will also directly consult with residents within 350m of the park, the Friends of Shepherds Bush group and the Kingsley and Greenwood Residents Association.