Region flush with toilet upgrades

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Region flush with toilet upgrades

An artist impression of the new Okiwi Bay toilet facility, the same design and layout for the Collins Memorial Reserve upgrade

Despite recent challenges thrown up by the weather, upgrades to toilet facilities across Marlborough continue.

A number of these renewal and redevelopment projects have been funded out of the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment’s Tourism Infrastructure Fund (TIF).

Council Parks and Open Spaces Officer Grahame Smail says the latest areas to benefit from TIF funding include the Collins Memorial Reserve on State Highway 1, between Picton and Blenheim, and the Okiwi Bay toilet facility and picnic shelter in the western Marlborough Sounds.

Work on the Collins Memorial Reserve toilet facility and picnic shelter has already started and is expected to be completed in early November. “The old toilet facility and picnic shelter have now been demolished,” says Grahame.

The new toilet facility will feature one men’s and one women’s toilet, a unisex accessible cubicle and a new picnic shelter on the western end. Two portable toilets are on site for the public while the new facilities are built, and the carpark and picnic area is still available, says Grahame.

A start on the replacement of the Okiwi Bay toilet facility and picnic shelter has been delayed with the need to relocate an in-ground telephone cable. “The project is ready to go though and is expected to get underway soon which will end a long wait for the delivery of this new facility,” says Grahame.

A new public toilet facility for the Rai Valley Township and associated Village Green development is also moving through the consent process with ground works due to get underway in September.

“We have also been working with the Carluke Domain Committee on a long held aspiration to redevelop the old toilet facilities of the Rai Valley community hall at the Carluke Domain,” says Grahame. This is proposed to include a camper-caravan effluent dump station to serve the Rai Valley to Nelson and the Okiwi Bay to French Pass routes.

Redevelopment of the Taylor Dam Reserve toilet facility is also on track to be completed in October.

The Council has received TIF funding to install small permanent public toilet facilities at:

  • Lake Elterwater
  • Ferry Road bridge picnic area
  • Wedge Point, on the Picton to Ngakuta section of the Link Pathway
  • Renwick Dog Park

All of these new facilities are programmed to be completed by March 2022.