Calling on Australians to register their local loos on The National Public Toilet Map.
Now that state borders are open, the Easter and school holidays are upon us and Aussies are hitting the road in droves, the Continence Foundation of Australia is asking for help to hunt down Australia’s regional public toilets!
The Foundation is asking those who are out and about across the regions, whether on family holidays, road trips, weekends away or those who just want to help people out, to register the location of regional public toilets on The National Public Toilet Map through www.toiletmap.gov.au or on the App, available on Google Play or the App store. Eurobodalla toilets are generally listed by Council and updated. While the National Toilet Map records location, hours and amenities it fails to show the provision of soap. Had it done so during the peak Covid period it would have revealed that Eurobodalla Council's public toilets do NOT provide soap.
Ideally there should also be a Star status applied for cleanliness and presentation of Public toilets which the Eurobodalla Council would, by volume of public complaint, have scored poorly. The updated National Public Toilet Map reveals that Council have already removed the Batemans Bay Community Centre Public Toilets from the site four months ahead of the new lessee taking over the building.
Above: which councillors gave their authority to the removal of the Batemans Bay Community Centre public toilets from the National Public Toilet Map?
The National Public Toilet Map means there is no need to get stuck without a loo while you are travelling or out and about, and everyone who submits a regional public toilet location to the map has a chance to win one of three $500 Eftpos vouchers.
While this is a cheeky campaign to build up The National Public Toilet Map, the underlying purpose is to support the millions of Australians living with continence related issues by providing them with a real time, reliable map of public toilets across the country.
The National Public Toilet Map, which lists over 19,000 toilets, gives people the confidence to go about their lives, feeling supported.
“The fear of not having access to toilets in public can restrict, and even stop, people from leaving their home for everyday activities,” Rowan Cockerell, CEO of the Continence Foundation of Australia, says.
People living with a variety of health conditions, expectant or new mothers and the elderly can all be living with incontinence but the toilet map is also an asset to families with young children, grey nomads and day trippers alike.
The Continence Foundation of Australia believes there could be thousands of regional toilets across Australia that are not on the map.
“There are small towns, bigger regional areas, parks and service stations, not to mention new builds of community centres and play areas that are coming online all the time. We are keen for people to share local knowledge to support Australians living with continence issues,” said Ms Cockerell.
The Continence Foundation of Australia are encouraging people to upload the location of regional public toilets so users can then search for a convenience based on their location.
There are over two million searches for public toilets carried out on the Toilet Map annually.
The Great Dunny Hunt kicks off on Thursday 1 April and runs until Sunday 20 June, 2021.
The Foundation is inviting all Australians to find regional public toilets, upload the details and go in the draw to win one of three $500 Eftpos vouchers.
Visit www.toiletmap.gov.au for more information.
About the Continence Foundation of Australia
The Continence Foundation of Australia is a not-for-profit organisation and the national peak body promoting bladder and bowel health, incontinence prevention, management, education, awareness, information and advocacy.
With representation in each state and territory, the Foundation provides information, support and resources for individuals, carers and professionals.
· Over five million Australians– are affected by incontinence
· The majority of people affected by incontinence can be treated, better managed or even cured
· In 2010, the total economic cost of incontinence was estimated to be $66.7 billion and rising
· People should SEEK HELP:
§ Ask your GP
§ Call the National Continence Helpline FREE 1800 33 00 66
§ Visit continence.org.au