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Collapse Issue 494:<br />18 May 2020<br />_____________Issue 494:
18 May 2020
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Pocket parks face renewed threat, says reserves group
Woy Woy postmaster retires after 35-year career
Council approves five-storey hotel for Ettalong
Video meeting of community groups welcomed
Masterplan on display for second time
Draft plan envisages revitalisation of Woy Woy
Draft strategy 'well-considered and consistent', says Cox
Council appoints panel, but records its objection
Hardy's Bay club seeks $100,000 to avoid closure
Clothing ready for distribution
Rotary club connects with English club in video call
Salvos asks for online donations for Red Shield Appeal
Open space and footpath projects continue
Powers of council chief to be reviewed
Chamber of Commerce joins in Buy Local campaign
Many gamblers helped by lockdown, says counsellor
Ideas wanted for Wagstaffe Square garden
Residents asked to check their eligibility for vouchers
Donations sought of study and care packages
CWA produce becomes raffle prizes
Tip re-opens
Aged care facilities receive extra funding
Stores to re-open
Council starts to respond to lack of toilet soap
Local planning panel is a win for developers
Deserving public acknowledgement
Rotary thanks patrons and sponsors
Approval for Woy Woy aged care $12 million alterations
Fundraising for rescue helicopter by kayak
Staff look over new aged care wing
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Fifth time lucky for Archibald Prize entrant?
Online access for religious and ethics education
Maintenance work carried out over Easter break
New water play park at Leisure Centre
Surf club uses grant to buy tractor
Roosters junior registration continues
Tribute to Pearl Beach fire brigade
Brigade formed early to fight fires at Pearl Beach
... and the fires continue

Council starts to respond to lack of toilet soap

I am pleased to report that Central Coast Council has started to respond to widespread concerns about the lack of soap in our public toilet facilities during the Covid-19 pandemic.

In the past week, members of Operation Soap in Public Toilets Central Coast has provided cakes of soap in our public toilet facilities to spur Council into further action.

This direct action has installed soap in public toilet facilities including at The Box at Ettalong, Wagstaffe Wharf, Killcare Wharf, Kiddies corner at Umina Beach and Lion's Park at Woy Woy.

While Central Coast Council libraries, Senior Citizens Centres and pools and the Peninsula Leisure Centre are currently closed, these venues already have soap dispensers installed.

Council has advised it "... is in the process of having hand sanitiser dispensers installed for when these venues can re-open".

So, this is some progress.

When it comes to having soap or hand sanitiser dispensers installed in public toilet facilities, Crs Louise Greenaway, Jillian Hogan, Chris Holstein, Kyle McGregor, Bruce McLachlan, Richard Mehrtens and Jilly Pilon have responded to me, and raised concerns with council officers and with the chief executive Mr Gary Murphy.

Council has advised: "We will be developing a Public Toilet Strategy which will allow us to look at ways to include soap in a safe manner in any of the new builds or renovations that occur."

Cr Kyle McGregor advised that at this stage they were looking at servicing the major toilets and the higher use sites, but do not have the same plans for lower-use toilets.

Council has a preference for liquid or hands-free dispensers, taps and so on, but are constrained by cost and vandalism issues.

The most promising update comes from Cr Jillian Hogan, who advised that council officers are "...currently costing soap dispensers".

So, I urge fellow residents to keep an eye out for the installation of soap or hand sanitiser dispensers in our public toilet facilities to help us keep the Central Coast CovidSafe

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