Toilet to allow longer visits to Shepherds Bush Park, Kingsley

Shepherd's Bush Park. Photo: Martin Kennealey
Shepherd's Bush Park. Photo: Martin Kennealey

USERS of Shepherds Bush Park will have more reasons to stay longer if a toilet gets installed.

Joondalup councillors last month unanimously approved to list for consideration $120,000 in 2020-21 to progress the installation of a toilet facility at the Kingsley park.

Last September, Cr John Logan requested a report on the feasibility of installing a low cost, low maintenance toilet at the park, which has become a popular community facility with a bike skills track, pump and jump trail, play space and picnic equipment.

He said the family park attracted “large numbers of people for significant periods of time” and the nearest public toilet was about 700m away at Barridale Park.

The City then undertook community consultation with 302 responses, of which 90.1 per cent supported the proposal.

Some comments included a toilet would allow for longer visits and reduce the “incidences of toileting within the bushland area”.

However, some concerns also raised included increased antisocial behaviour, vandalism, drug use and loitering.

At the council meeting, Cr Logan moved an alternative motion to highlight the toilet would have auto-locking doors to enable the City to manage its operating hours to limit potential antisocial behaviour, which could be adjusted based on the time of year.

He also said if approved, the City would aim to install the facility at the start of 2020-21 so it would be ready for the peak summer period.

The council document said the installation of the toilet would cost between $80,000 and $120,000, and the estimated ongoing operation costs would be about $11,500 a year.