DUMPED: Toilet block to be demolished within weeks

SCRAPPED: The toilet block at the back of Warwick Town Hall will be demolished.
SCRAPPED: The toilet block at the back of Warwick Town Hall will be demolished. Elyse Wurm

THE public toilets behind Warwick Town Hall have had their final flush with the Southern Downs Regional Council advising they will be closed effective immediately.

After executing a contract to complete the decommissioning of the public toilets, the council will begin work to demolish the toilet block within the next two weeks.

A schedule has been released by the council outlining the work to be completed at the site:

- Block off car parks ready for works to commence: Friday 23 March

- Security fencing installed: Monday 26 March

- Electrical and plumbing disconnection: Monday 26 March

- Demolition: Tuesday 27 March to Thursday 29 March

The council resolved to decommission the public toilets located behind the Warwick Town Hall following a period of public consultation in 2017 and replace the building with additional parking spaces specifically for utilisation by recreational vehicle drivers.

Before the work could commence, the council was required to check that the public toilets were not eligible for heritage listing by the Queensland Heritage Council.

The delegate for the Chief Executive of the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection and the Queensland Heritage Council both determined that the Warwick Town Hall public toilets not be entered in the Queensland Heritage Register, allowing the decommissioning works to proceed.

Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie said the toilets had become a prime location for crime and vandalism, weren't accessible by people with a disability.

Cr Dobie said she would like to give notice to those who may use these facilities that they will be closing and advised residents about alternative public toilets that could be used.

"There are several public toilet facilities located within close proximity, including in Grafton St, as well as amenities available during business hours in the Town Hall, across the council carpark near the Art Gallery, within Rose City Shoppingworld and at Leslie Park,” Cr Dobie said.

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