Funding flushes out public urination offenders
LATE night party revellers can look forward to a cleaner CBD after a funding injection designed to curb public urination in Toowoomba.
Safe Night Precinct Toowoomba president Brad Fitzgibbons said the funding allowed for a security guard to patrol the two toilet facilities with the trial period to start on Saturday night.
"We did some research and found that while the council facilities were open throughout the weekend for our party goers, the facilities were only maintained twice a day," he said.
"They were quite unsightly by midnight when people were out.
"The crux of our funding is to have security and cleaning services through the Neil St bus interchange amenity as well as the Neil St car park across from the police station."
A Big Dog security guard will patrol the areas every 30 minutes with a cleaning crew to maintain the facilities from 10pm on Saturday to 3am on Sunday.
Mr Fitzgibbons said the six-month trial would determine if the service was needed into the future.
Big Dog Security's Kurt Schulte-Schrepping said the patrols would back up police in an effort to create a safer and cleaner party precinct in the Toowoomba CBD.
"When you have those resources combined, you start working toward a safe CBD," Mr Schulte-Schrepping said.
"The biggest thing in terms of prevention is having a presence to make them think twice about committing a crime."
The funding was allocated under the Alcohol Fuelled Violence legislation.