Site could be sold to fund public toilets

SPACE: Councillor Leon Zarins said public toilets which could be built with money from a potential sale of Para Avenue Reserve at Cape Jervis should be open full time.
SPACE: Councillor Leon Zarins said public toilets which could be built with money from a potential sale of Para Avenue Reserve at Cape Jervis should be open full time.

The sale of a portion of land at Cape Jervis would fund new public toilets if an application to revoke its community land classification is accepted.

The District Council of Yankalilla undertook consultation with the public to determine whether or not there was support for the revocation of the community land status of Para Avenue Reserve and the construction of public toilets at the Cape Jervis Community Centre.

After going through public submissions and information given in a letter of support at the July council meeting, elected members decided to submit the revocation proposal to the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government.

Once the council has heard back from the Minister whether it has been approved or not, another report will be put to elected members to either formally revoke the reserve's community land status or not go ahead with the process.

Elected members discussed the possibility of using the money collected - if the revocation and subsequent land sale goes ahead - to be put towards building public toilets at the Cape Jervis Community Centre, with arguments for and against the idea.

Councillor Leon Zarins said the public toilets should be open full time, even though the community centre was only open select days of the week.

Councillor Simon Rothwell was also concerned about the location of the toilets.

"I'm in favour of having a toilet block there, but looking at the consultation, it is not in the best spot," he said.

The council said the location was a direct request from the management committee of the Cape Jervis Community Recreation and Sporting Club.

The net proceeds of the sale, if it goes ahead, will allow for the construction of the toilets.

Any money left over after the toilets are built will go towards community projects which will enhance the space, as decided by the Cape Jervis Community Recreation and Sporting Club with the council's support.