North Beach toilet amenity

Consultation has concluded

The City sought feedback from external stakeholders and the wider community over a four week period from 30 October 2019 to 2 December 2019 to determine a preferred location based on two concept options for a minor toilet facility at North Beach:

  • Option 1 On the paved area of the North Beach Coastal Path, north of the car park
  • Option 2 Within the headland below street level, overlooking the North beach Jetty, north of Malcolm Street.

The City’s ‘Your Say’ survey closed on 2 December 2019 and a high level summary of the results are available in the document library below. Further analysis is still to be undertaken and will be presented in a report to Council in February 2020.

All respondents will be notified of the date of the Council meeting and the agenda will be available for review in advance. Interested parties can make a delegation to the Committee meeting and ask questions at the Council meeting.

The City would like to thank everyone who participated and provided feedback.

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  • Option 1 - on the paved area, looking east across West Coast DriveOption 1 - on the paved area, looking east across West Coast Drive
  • Option 2 - within the headland below street level, looking westOption 2 - within the headland below street level, looking west

FAQs

Do we need a toilet facility at North Beach?

Residents of North Beach asked the City to build a toilet facility in this area after the old block was demolished. As the area has not had a public toilet in more than 10 years, your responses to the surveys will give us good insight into whether this is needed.

The City understands that people using the proposed facility will be West Coast Drive coastal path walkers, dog walkers, visitors using the jetty for fishing and viewing as well as general beach users.

Where are the nearest toilet blocks in the North Beach vicinity?

There are 11 other toilet facilities along the City of Stirling coastal path. The closest to the proposed amenity is at Hamersley Pool 750m south and Waterman’s Bay 1km to the north.

Are there any other coastal path level toilet blocks along the coast?

Yes, at Peasholm Beach, Brighton Kiosk, Scarborough Pool , Scarborough Sunset Hill, and Trigg. 

Will any of the options alter the visibility of nearby residents?

Yes, any construction will be visible.  Residents directly in front of the proposed amenity may have their views slightly altered, but for adjacent houses, there will be no restriction to views of the horizon. 

What environmental impacts has the City considered?

The City has undertaken a botanical survey which considered flora and fauna impacts on all options investigated.

  • Option 1 will not impact any flora or fauna
  • Option 2 will impact flora and fauna due to the clearing required for the toilet block and access ramp within the headland.  

The headland does not contain any species listed under the Environmental Protection Biodiversity Conservation Act so Federal Government approvals will not be required to clear vegetation. If Option 2 is the preferred option, State Government clearing permits will be required.

What beach infrastructure is there at North Beach?

There is a public shower at the Old Apex hall site located on entry and exit to the beach and a public shower adjacent the North Beach jetty.

Why was the Apex Hall site dismissed?

The primary reason is due to the location as it sits within the hazard risk zone meaning it would need a defence wall, and would have a shorter life estimate.  Defence walling will cause sand and beach erosion around the toilet block area, primarily to the north near Malcom Street.  Other factors such as parking, accessibility and construction cost ruled the location out.

Will this involve road closures?

It is not anticipated that road traffic will be affected, however there may be some management to pedestrian and cycle traffic on the coastal path.

Will the parking area need to be amended to accommodate ACROD bays and if so will it reduce the number of bays?

  • Option 1 - the coastal path facility will require new road markings to align with current standards and will not alter the number of parking bays
  • Option 2 - within the headland below street level facility will require amendments to the parking grid and levels to accommodate access to the proposed ramp.

How long will it take to build the toilet facility?

Estimated construction timeframes are:

  • Option 1 - On the coastal path. The facility can be fabricated offsite and then installed, which will take roughly two to three weeks
  • Option 2 - Within the headland, below street level. This will have to be built on site and will require clearing and structural retention of the headland and coastal path.  This will take roughly six months.

Are the options still connected to the main sewer, i.e. not a chemical toilet?

Both options are required to be connected to the main sewer on the eastern side of West Coast Drive. Option 1 can fall on grade and Option 2 will require a pumping station.

Is path level toilet is chosen Is there provision for panel of ‘expert opinion’ in terms of aesthetics of ‘structural art’?

Should this option be preferred by the community, further consultation on the final design will be undertaken.

Why can you not replace the toilet block where the original one was, down below near jetty?

The primary reason for not reconstructing a toilet block adjacent North Beach Jetty is due to providing equitable access for all people.  The current service road cannot be adapted to achieve a compliant pathway from the coastal path. The location also does not allow for passive surveillance or natural access from the primary users on the coastal path.

Timeline

Targeted consultation open to understand the values the community attribute to the facilities and amenity of North Beach

Consultation completed in 2009

Community consultation report provided to City of Stirling Council

The council adopted a number of resolutions, including the development of a feasibility study.

Feasibility study of proposed North Beach toilet amenity conducted

Completed in 2018

Community consultation open to request community feedback on proposed amenity location, design and costing

Consultation to run November to December 2019

North Beach toilet amenity survey closes on 2 December 2019

Draft report to community providing high level summary of results

Report to Council in early 2020

Further analysis based on text response to be undertaken and will be presented to Council in early 2020
See more

Document library

Document nameDownloadable files
North Beach Toilets Final Report(PDF)
Feasibility Study for the North Beach Amenities Block(PDF)

For more information or if you require this information in an different format, please phone the City's Customer Contact Centre on (08) 9205 8555.