The intent of installing public toilets at Henry Lawson Park is to improve the comfort of existing users. However, there are community members who may avoid utilising this local park due to the lack of public toilet facilities.
The Continence Foundation of Australia states that 20% of Australians experience bladder or bowel control problems. This may prevent members of our community, including the elderly, parents with small children and people with disabilities or medical conditions from actively socialising and using recreation facilities unless they know public toilets are available.
During the community consultation in developing the City of Canada Bay Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017-2021, endorsed by Council on 6 June 2017, participants stated accessible toilets were strong enablers in allowing people with disability to participate in the community.
The City of Canada Bay is committed to providing facilities that enable our community to be active and connected by providing sustainable spaces and places. This initiative is to assist in enabling our community members to comfortably access this waterfront park without barriers.