Murray Bridge council watch: Jervois netballers need new toilets
Plus questions about the future of an electric vehicle charging station, complaints about shopping trolleys and more from the council’s January 2024 meeting.
There aren’t too many folks around who remember when the public toilets at the Jervois Combined Sports Club were built.
The town’s oval is reasonably busy year-round, with summer and winter sports and a playground for local children, and its status as a designated RV friendly location and bushfire refuge.
But its facilities aren’t up to scratch, Michelle Afford and Jo Flett say.
Netball SA agrees – an audit rated them as “poor”, wracked by problems and close to the end of their life.
The ancient toilet block has no lights and is inaccessible to people with mobility impairments.
There are no changerooms or first aid facilities, and not enough storage space or shade.
So, on behalf of Jervois’ netball and tennis clubs, the women approached the Murray Bridge council a fortnight ago to ask for help with a new building.
The clubs hoped to build a 27-by-four-metre building with six toilets, showers, change rooms, a small kitchen and a storage area.
Since the oval was owned by the sporting clubs, they would take the lead; the council would just provide its advocacy and a sum of money yet to be determined.
Councillors did not make any decision at their meeting, but Mayor Wayne Thorley – who said his father would have been a little boy when the toilets were built – agreed that a partnership between the council and the clubs would be the best way forward.
Third party will take over EV charging station
Meanwhile, the council plans to outsource the operation of an electric car charging station out the front of its office after a push by members of the public.