A sheet out of Armidales toilet

FLUSHED WITH SUCCESS: Armidale’s solution to public loos is a $110,000 beauty.
FLUSHED WITH SUCCESS: Armidale’s solution to public loos is a $110,000 beauty.

COFFS HARBOUR needn’t look too far to flush out a solution to the woeful state of its public toilets.

With residents complaining to The Advocate about the condition of toilets in our CBD, we’ve discovered the Armidale Dumaresq Council seems to be on a winner with two of its new-look toilets near Armidale’s city centre.

The Exeloo is a single cabinet sensor-driven loo which flushes itself when you’ve finished, can be set on a regular wash cycle to release water and detergent and is vandal-resistant, a welcome development in the ongoing war against graffiti.

A particularly nice touch is the no-touch, sensor-operated wash basin.

The unit has a concrete outer shell and the interior is tiled with stainless steel.

When the toilet is not in use you press a button to open it, use the facility and then close it, all to piped music. If you linger too long (10 minutes) an automatic warning will activate to advise you the door is about to open.

While the toilets do clean themselves, council staff regularly inspect them to ensure they’re doing their job properly.

They each come with a price tag of around $110,000 and the council was able to tap into Federal Government economic stimulus money to help with the costs.

Armidale Dumaresq Council’s civic and recreation services manager, Phil Brown, said the council had opted for these toilets, because some of their infrastructure needed upgrading.

“We’re very happy with how they’re operating,” Mr Brown said. “I’m happy to talk with anyone at Coffs Harbour City Council about our toilets.”

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