Most grey nomads will be fully aware that the state of public loos in Australia can be a bit hit and miss.
Few travellers enter facilities in more remote areas with at least a degree of trepidation. Sometimes, the cleaners have just been in, or the previous visitors have used the premises with courtesy and respect, and life is good.
And other times … well, other times … you have to shake your head, hold your nose, and look for alternatives.
A social media post about the state of a loo in country New South Wales has certainly caused a bit of a stir and will hopefully lead to an improvement in standards,
The Lithgow Mercury reports that Ian Hatch shared the above image on Facebook of a rest stop bathroom at River Lett Hill near Lithgow,
“I don’t usually rant. But this is disgusting.” Ian wrote. “How can our local council leave public toilets in this condition? I know the area had a lot of transient visitors over the weekend. But there is no excuse for conditions like this.”
However, it seems that the facility in question is not managed by Lithgow City Council, bit rather by Transport NSW.
A Transport NSW spokesperson confirmed to the Lithgow Mercury that the amenity in question was responsible for its upkeep.
“Transport for NSW is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of rest areas along state roads, including the Great Western Highway,” the spokesperson said. “The toilets at the rest stop facility at River Lett Hill are routinely cleaned every Tuesday and Friday.”
Transport NSW urged anyone that finds an issue with a facility to contact them.
“We recognise rest stops and facilities are important assets for motorists and we aim to keep facilities clean and serviceable,” it told the Mercury. “It is disappointing when users of these facilities do not respect others and leave facilities in disarray.”