New public toilet - now open!

Construction of the new accessible public toilet at Jacobs Reserve is now complete.

The new, semi-automated, accessible toilet is situated in the northwest corner of the Brunswick West park, north of tram stop 38.

The doors face south down Melville Road to reduce the impact on community privacy. The toilet is open from 6am to 9pm, 7 days a week.

Council took on feedback from the community regarding the location of the toilet, to balance the needs of park users and local residents.

Young families and the elderly will now have a toilet available when they need it, while respecting the privacy and security concerns of residents.

The toilet was opened on 27 February 2023.

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An aerial photo of Jacob's Reserve, Brunswick West, showing walking paths and surrounding streets.

Phase 1 Community consultation - What you told us:

There were 3 key points we noted from locals during our engagement, which are:

1. Some residents felt there was no need for a public toilet

Residents immediately surrounding the park did not see a need for a public toilet in Jacobs Reserve due to the park being very small. Some other concerns raised were privacy and the security concern of the residents.

2. A new public toilet was welcomed by older residents and young families

The proposal for a public toilet was welcomed by the elderly residents and the young families with children who attend the park very regularly. A public toilet will provide much-needed ease for these residents, so they do not need to rush back home for emergencies. A public toilet will also help service a variety of community members who also use the park, nearby shops and public transport.

3. Concerns around the 3 proposed locations

Residents voiced their concerns about the proposed locations suggested by Council. The key concern was privacy concerns to the immediate residents and security concerns.