Lindsay Saunders, Cr Marika McNichol, Peter Burton, Basil, Ian Townsend, David Dunn (back); Lee Townsend, Shanae Miotto and Lucy Low (front). Solar panels have been installed at the facility thanks to a council grant.
Lindsay Saunders, Cr Marika McNichol, Peter Burton, Basil, Ian Townsend, David Dunn (back); Lee Townsend, Shanae Miotto and Lucy Low (front). Solar panels have been installed at the facility thanks to a council grant.

Council open coffers for Glen Aplin facility upgrade

A GLEN Aplin facility has had a long overdue upgrade after council provided close to $8000 funding.

Toilet facilities at the Mick Wise Oval in Glen Aplin have gone solar, saving the Glen Aplin Memorial Hall and Sports Club power costs.

“Our community group has always supported the bike trail concept. The 32 kilometre ride is a challenge, and the toilets about half way,” Lucy Low from the organisation said.

“Also, these toilets are the only toilets in Glen Aplin used by the public, including council staff.

“When council stopped servicing them, our local volunteer pensioners have serviced and maintained this facility as a community service.

“However the cost of the power supply of $750 per year and occasional repairs was an unsustainable burden on our community funds,” Ms Low said.

The $7928 grant was provided through Southern Downs Regional Council’s Community Grants program.

“These toilets are an integral local amenity servicing the Glen Aplin community, as well as a convenient stop off point for the bike trail riders,” Cr Marika McNichol said.

“The financial assistance provided will ensure that local amenities such as these, stay open for use,” she said.

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