Council flushed with funds for Kings Meadows toilet block

Published on 01 September 2017

Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten & Bass Liberal MHA Sarah Courtney

The City of Launceston will construct a new public toilet block at Kings Meadows thanks to a $50,000 grant from the state government.

The new toilet block will be built on council-owned land next door to the Kings Meadows Hotel.

The $90,000 project will provide a public toilet for the Kings Meadows precinct, and create a link to the Kings Meadows Rivulet walkway by constructing a pedestrian bridge across the rivulet.

Mayor Albert van Zetten said the toilet will cater for the growing needs of the community in the area.

"There's no doubt that Kings Meadows is a growing, thriving area, particularly in the area near the shopping centre," Mayor van Zetten said.

The council was presented with a petition with more than 1180 signatures earlier in the year, calling for a public toilet facility to be built in the area.

"The Council took on board the concerns of those people who signed the petition, and was successful in securing a state government grant of $50,000 from the Community Infrastructure Fund to make this project a reality.

"This is the perfect example of community engagement — the people spoke and the Council listened, and I commend all those involved, particularly the state government for their generous funding announcement."

Mayor van Zetten said that currently, the rivulet walkway had no link to the open space area and proposed toilet block, forcing pedestrians to walk through the hotel car park to gain access to Hobart Road.

"The pedestrian bridge will provide safer access to the open space area within the area in question on Hobart Road," Mayor van Zetten said.

"This is a win-win situation for those people who frequent the Kings Meadows shopping area and of course for the shop owners in the area."

Work on the project is expected to start later in the year.