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McGinlay pushing for upgrade of Albert Ryan Park toilets and facilities

Councillor Patrick McGinlay has given notice that at the

Ordinary Meeting of Council on 27 March 2018 , he will move the following motion.



1.Consider a state of the art upgrade on the toilets at Albert Ryan Park for people with


2.Consider Albert Ryan Park as a location for a dump point facility for the number of caravans and motor homes traveling around Australia. Councillor McGinlay offers,by way of background, that a resident addressed Council at Public Forum in relation to Council report CAR18/010 Recreation Open Space Strategy 2018 at the Ordinary Council Meeting 27 February 2018.

"As a Councillor, I am putting forward this motion on behalf representatives of the community group 'Save Albert Ryan Park'. The spokesperson for the group has offered the following as background to support the motion:

"We have all witnessed the wheel chair bound within our community try to access and navigate a narrow area into a public toilet.

"The area of land at Albert Ryan Park is flat and I have personally witnessed people who have mobility walkers or using walking sticks using this area due to the flat easy access. "Given our aging population we can expect many within the community who are having to wait long period of times to have knee and hip operations and I believe we will see an increase within our community requiring toilets for the disabled. I understand that there could be an opportunity for this Council to obtain a grant to facilitate toilets for the disabled and I ask that this to be explored for toilets at Albert Ryan Park.


"For some time I have suggested to Council the need of a Dump Point for the various caravans, motor homes, fifth wheelers travelling in our area and I raised this with a

suggestion for the Mackay Park area. About six weeks ago late one Friday afternoon I was

stopped at the traffic lights heading north near Put-Put Golf in Batemans Bay and I counted 12 vehicles parked in this area of old Bowling Club these vehicles included mobile homes and caravans; some had their awnings out and they appeared to be set up for the night. "Due to the fact that I was in the centre lane of traffic I could not see the front area of the old Bowling Club but I know for a fact that many travellers now use this area in front of the old club house to stop overnight as they are quite out of site and away from the highway traffic. I can assure Councillors that the vacant car park area is now widely known by these travellers and as I have stated many times in this chamber this form of tourism needs to be embraced" The Public are invited to present to Council next Tuesday at 10am on this motion by registering to speak by noon Monday 26th March 2018 You can watch the Council meeting via live streaming from 10am onwards or attend in person to sit in the gallery at Council Cambers, Moruya

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