Relief as toilet block opens

Hansie Armour presents a gift of toilet paper to Sam Hughes for the occasion of Saturday’s toilet block reopening in Batlow.

The Batlow public toilet block that the local community fought to save was officially reopened at Memorial Park on Saturday.

A badly leaking pipe was discovered last year leading to the block’s closure, and as repair would be expensive, and other public toilets were available in the area, Snowy Valleys Council was looking at demolishing the block. Council put a disabled toilet next to it.

However, many in the Batlow community felt the block was essential, especially as it is next to a children’s play area and for events like Australia Day.

A protest was held at the site in late April this year, attracting 80 people.

The Batlow community, including Batlow Rotary and Do It For Batlow got together and raised $3700, which resulted in new piping being fitted and tiling and painting work being done, and now it is fully functional, and the barriers were removed on Saturday as about 30 people gathered.

“This has been a highly used toilet block, and we will maintain it,” Batlow Rotary president Sam Hughes said.

“This is a good result of community collaboration,” Batlow farmer and Rotary member Greg Mouat said.

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