Toilet tourism in Bathurst: Cr Jess Jennings' idea defended

WORTH A STOP: Councillor Jess Jennings says toilet tourism - attracting visitors because of the quality or quirkiness of your facilities - could be a boost for Bathurst.
WORTH A STOP: Councillor Jess Jennings says toilet tourism - attracting visitors because of the quality or quirkiness of your facilities - could be a boost for Bathurst.

I AM rather confused about what the Windradyne Whisperer is on about when he claims to be pro-business and for growing the Bathurst economy in one breath, but criticises good policy ideas that can exactly achieve that in the next breath.

I refer to the concept of “toilet tourism “ as introduced to Bathurst Regional Council by Councillor Jess Jennings.

I have been reading up on the stats and there seems to be plenty of evidence of the economic benefits to a community.

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A report on the makeover of the Southern Highlands Visitors Centre (including the toilet), according to their website, showed an increase in visitors to the centre (60,000 to 72,000 in 2015/16).

Regional visitor expenditure increased from $250m to $261m, local produce sales went up 19 per cent and the visitor expenditure contribution to the region helped sustain 2500 jobs.

So it seems to me a win-win situation for businesses in Bathurst and locals. I mean, who wouldn’t like our public toilets to be more attractive?

Why would anyone who calls himself a businessman criticise and make derogatory remarks about such good results and the prospect of bringing them to Bathurst?

What is it that the Windradyne Whisperer doesn’t get? Why does he criticise Cr Jennings for having ideas?

(Proposing free water for farmers in times of the worst drought for years sounds eminently necessary and practical and, I would have thought, had everyone’s support.)

Regardless of their political flavour, I would have thought that it was the duty of every local councillor to bring ideas to the chamber and it appears that Cr Jennings does just that on several levels.

On a personal note, I’ll dash to a flash loo any day of the week rather than tip-toe around the sometimes atrocious conditions that exist in our public toilets.

So stop pooh-poohing this fabulous idea, bring on toilet tourism and flush away the political bias.

Janet Ryan, Bathurst