Issued Tuesday 13 February 2018
The City of Casey has called on the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning (DELWP) to improve public health and facilities at the Warneet Boat Ramp through the installation of a toilet block.
Council unanimously endorsed a Notice of Motion by City of Casey Mayor Cr Geoff Ablett at a Council meeting last year.
Since then, a sign has been erected demanding DELWP take responsibility for what’s been deemed a looming threat to public health and hygiene, as visitors are forced to use the surrounding area as a make-shift toilet.
Cr Ablett said it was imperative the land owner and manager take responsibility for the worsening problem.
“Each week I hear of residents coming across pretty disgusting scenes, while disabled people and young children are often put in embarrassing situations through no fault of their own,” Cr Ablett said.
“The closet toilet block is located approximately 200-300 metres from the boat ramp, which is too far to expect users to travel just to access public amenities. “It’s also near impossible for people with a disability to access.”
The Warneet Foreshore accommodates weekly bus groups who stop to have a picnic on the foreshore, however the area is struggling to accommodate the tours due to the poor condition of toilets.
Tens of thousands of mainly recreational boats are registered to the local area, with action required before permanent damage is done to Warneet’s reputation as a tourist spot.
Councillor Ablett urged the State Government to provide a solution for the well-used State Government asset.
Council has written to the Member for Bass Brian Paynter and Member for Hastings Neale Burgess to request their urgent support for accessible male and female toilets.
The foreshore is Crown Land under the responsibility of the State Government’s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. The facility and Crown Land (Reserve) is one of approximately 1,200 across Victoria that does not come under the jurisdiction of Council.
In a rate capped environment, Council will continue to advocate to the State Government for the necessary and required community infrastructure for this growing City.