The showers at a cluster of free camps north of Townsville look set to be disabled … because of nude showering!
The Townsville Bulletin reports that the unwanted public displays is one of several complaints by residents living near the sites which has led the council to devise an operational plan, including the introduction of a $10 fee per vehicle per night and the issue penalty infringement notices.
But whether the council proceeds with the removal of the showers was unclear with some councillors questioning whether it was the right course of action.
The council operates free camp sites in Rollingstone, Balgal Beach, Bluewater, Toomulla and Saunders Beach.
The Bulletin says that a report to a council meeting said the sites were popular, and brought economic benefits for the city, but they also brought problems.
The report says concerns have been raised about vehicles speeding within the sites, that people overstay the designated 48-hour period, that toilet blocks are unclean or odorous with insufficient refuse bins and that people shower nude in public.
A budget of about $37,000 was recommended, with most of that aimed at increasing refuse bins and cleaning.
Cr Paul Jacob said initiatives including $10 nightly fees were good but questioned the removal of the showers.
Mayor Jenny Hill said people tended to use the showers for bathing and that “some people are a little freer than what they should be in the public environment”.
Cr Hill said there could be a better way to deal with the issue and it was something she would be asking the staff to look into.
The Bulletin reports that the operational plan was endorsed unanimously.