Maroochydore bus users finally given access to toilets
BUS travellers using the new Maroochydore terminals have at times been left literally busting by the mysterious ongoing closure of toilet and bike-parking facilities.
But Sunshine Coast Council yesterday announced that the toilets were only recently completed and relief would come to travellers as soon as Monday.
The $6.8 million terminals, on Maroochydore Rd near Sunshine Plaza, opened for buses in November but the toilet block and bike-parking kiosk had not yet been put into service.
Maroochydore resident and regular cyclist Trevor Rudd said the community had been waiting a long time for this facility.
"It's finished - there's either something wrong with them or it should have been opened months ago," he said.
"If the only reason for not opening these facilities is to have politicians make a grand opening, then that is a pretty ordinary effort and, once again, the general public and public transport users are being treated very shabbily."
In response to questions from The Daily, a council spokeswoman said "normally" State Government bus stations didn't have toilets, but council chose in this case to build them.
"Council sought to value-add to the Maroochydore Bus Station by having toilets incorporated into the overall infrastructure," the spokeswoman said.
"Bus travellers will be pleased to know these will be open first thing Monday morning, along with the cycling facilities.
"Every effort was made to have the bus station functioning as quickly as possible for commuters, however, the additional toilet and cycling facilities were only fully completed recently."
Should public toilets be mandatory at public facilities?
This poll ended on 02 August 2015.
My rates paid for this so yes, access should be provided.
Elderly, sick and young folk were hurt by this. Poor form, Council.
Come on, can't you hold it?
My rates paid for this so no, no luxuries thank you.
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One couple visiting the terminals suggested the toilet in particular was vital.
"Expecting mothers have to go to the toilets, and the elderly," the couple said.
Bus user Renee Lovell added that she "had no idea there were even toilets here".
"They should be open, because it is a very long way for people to walk back to the plaza, when they're (toilet facilities) right there."
However, passenger Suresh Shrestha, originally from Nepal, suggested Australia was lucky to have such well-designed facilities.
"It's something you can't find at bus stops in other countries," he said.
"Having restrooms at the bus station and water bubblers is very good."
The State Government will be responsible for maintenance of the facilities.
Estimated walking distances to the nearest toilets:
Sunshine Plaza cinema
Big Top Shopping Centre
Maroochydore Court House