Easing the pressure on public toilets

The City's draft Public Toilet Strategy, which will come to our next Council meeting, has been put together to help make more high-quality public toilets available to everyone.

The aim is that no one should have to walk more than 400 metres to find a public toilet in our city and village centres.

To make sure our public toilets meet community expectations and are accessible to people living with a disability, we must invest around $6 million for new facilities and $1 million for the demolition and adaptive re-use of five out-dated facilities.

Our research shows that one of the most common difficulties is finding a public toilet when you need one, so the draft strategy recommends more maps, signs and other measures like a mobile app to help locate them.

The City currently operates about half of the local government area's 117 public toilet facilities, with the remainder provided by shopping centres and government agencies, including the Royal Botanic Gardens and RailCorp.

The draft recommends providing accessible public toilets at Town Hall House, and working with other agencies to install public toilets in King Street in Newtown, at Barangaroo and along the George Street light rail corridor.

We are planning for new toilet facilities in Sydney Park, Victoria Park, Glebe Foreshore Park, Green Park, Wentworth Park and Observatory Hill Park.

Earlier this year we removed the 50 cent charge on some automated public toilets to make them more accessible, and the draft strategy recommends we continue this approach.

Shopping centres, retailers, cafes and other businesses will be asked what role they could play in making more toilets publicly available.

Pop-up urinals, which are widely used in Europe, are also an idea put forward for late-night hot spots like Kings Cross, George Street and Oxford Street where public urination is an ongoing problem.

You will be able to have your say on the draft Public Toilet Strategy when it goes on public exhibition later this month.

Sign Up