Decision on eyesore toilets: Why is it a secret?
COUNCIL has finally made a decision about the disabled toilet on Pineapple St in Gayndah, which has stood for more than a year behind construction fencing after being hit by a car.
But you won’t read about it in the documents council is legally required to publish online about their deliberations each meeting.
The council has made the report a secret.
They invoked section 275(1)(h) of the Local Government Regulation 2012, which holds that aspects of meetings may be closed to the public for matters in which “a public discussion would be likely to prejudice the interests of the local government or someone else, or enable a person to gain a financial advantage”.
Council was unavailable for comment, but Division 4 councillor John Zahl said he wasn’t aware the report was secret and was happy to share the outcome of council’s deliberations.
Council decided the toilets would be demolished and replaced with carparks to ease the shortfall of spaces on Capper St.
Cr Zahl said the block of toilets were hit with “not inconsiderable force” by the vehicle, meaning efforts to repair or replace them would lead to a “substantial” cost to ratepayers.
“The best thing to happen is for it (the block) to disappear,” he said.
He also noted that the position of the block, in an island which has a lane of traffic either side, led to safety concerns.
Cr Zahl said council was still in negotiation with its insurer about who would bear the burden of costs.