An inconvenient truth

It's the burning issue for Jindabyne residents and visitors out after dark - the town's public toilets have been closing early, becoming very inconvenient conveniences.

Complaints have been made by those caught short and the Snowy River Shire Council has issued a public apology for "this inconvenience."

The public toilets are at the Clay Pits and Banjo Paterson Park and although they are supposed to be open between 6am and 8pm daily they have closed early during the Christmas-New Year period.

The toilets are operated by a contractor and due to safety concerns the council has agreed they must be locked before dark.

Unfortunately, the council says, due to high levels of vandalism and the increased 'inappropriate' use of the toilets over the years, they have to be locked in the evening.

"Our contractors have been repeatedly verbally abused by individuals in the past and no longer feel safe carrying out their duties after dark," according to the council's general manager Joe Vescio.

"The toilets have also become a popular spot for illegal campers, leaving the facilities in a state of disgrace, often cooking and bathing in the amenities."

However, the toilet lock down is about to end, so people can breathe more easily, knowing that relief is nearby.

A new contract will shortly be negotiated and it will include a trial period in which the Lake Jindabyne Foreshore public toilets will remain open.

"This will be monitored and may change if the toilets are used inappropriately or damaged in any way," Mr Vescio said.

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