The Kiama Surf Beach public toilets, long overdue for an upgrade, are in line for a makeover.
When the toilets were vandalised in December, Denise Scott, who has lived in Kiama for 35 years, described the amenities as “an utter disgrace” and called for better facilities.
On Monday, Kiama MP Gareth Ward MP announced $100,000 in funding for an upgrade.
Mr Ward, who joined with the Mayor of Kiama Mark Honey to make the announcement, said that these toilets available for public use on the lower level of the clubhouse will have male and female change rooms, toilets, showers and disability facilities.
“The facilities are used heavily due to their location at Kiama's main beach and the adjoining Coronation Park,” Mr Ward said.
“Kiama Surf Beach is a huge attraction in for visitors and locals alike. The beach is patrolled during summer months, and is the main beach in the Kiama township.
“The beach is used for surf lifesaving carnivals and regional surfing tournaments.
“The adjoining reserve is one of the main parks in town with a large child's play area, picnic shelters and BBQs.
“The reserve is also used for Kiama's Weekly Farmers Market held every Wednesday afternoon which is very well supported by our local community.
“I will continue to fight for community projects such as this which bring so many benefits for our community.”
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Kiama Mayor Mark Honey said with visitation to Kiama increasing every year, it’s crucial to have the right facilities.
“Visitation is increasing every year with Surf Beach being one of our most visited beaches, hosting locals and international visitors alike,” Mayor Honey said.
“These facilities are well overdue for a makeover and expansion to cater for the growing need.
“I’d like to thank the Member for Kiama Gareth Ward for his continued support and ability to secure funding for Kiama and our surrounds.”
The funding comes from under the state government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.