Toilet cost won’t flush with City of Wanneroo

THE proposed cost of building a toilet block caused a stink at the Wanneroo City Council briefing session last week.

A report in the November 3 agenda, which the council will consider at tonight’s meeting, said the City had received nine tenders for the proposed upgrade to the Fisherman’s Hollow toilet block at Yanchep Lagoon.

It recommended the City reject all the tenders because they exceeded the budget allocation of $452,000, ranging from about $552,000 to $684,000.

Councillor Dot Newton said she was concerned the City was being “ripped off” if a toilet block cost “as much as a five-bedroom, two-bathroom, double garage house”.

Cr Brett Treby said there could be an opportunity for innovative “unsolicited proposals” from businesses that might be more innovative.

The report said staff would look at alternative designs, such as a modular universal access toilet block similar to one on Scenic Drive, Wanneroo, to replace the old building.

“The existing facility has served the community for over 43 years and has reached the end of its serviceable life with potential safety and accessibility issues,” it said.

Proposing to delegate responsibility of awarding the revised tender to chief executive Daniel Simms, staff expected to finish the toilet block by the end of next year.