Shellharbour Junction Station commuters will be forced to continue using a shoe-box ‘Gareth Gazebo’ toilet until work starts on permanent facilities in October, Member for Shellharbour, Anna Watson, revealed this afternoon.

While work will just start on the new permanent toilets in October, the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance has confirmed that work won’t be completed until next year.

“The construction of Shellharbour Junction Station has been one blunder after another for the State Government.

“First there was a $5 million cost blow-out, then there was the name changing debacle, and now there is the toilet fiasco.

“The State Government has been flush with excuses for each blunder.

I indicated earlier this year that the previous Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian had advised me that permanent toilets wouldn’t be available until next year.

“She then denied she’d ever made the claim blaming Australia Post on a mixed up date for posting a letter.

“But I was right and the Minister was wrong”, she said.

Ms Watson said the State Government continues to refuse to provide the total cost for building the new toilets.

“The costs of building Shellharbour Junction Station just continue to skyrocket.

“How the Liberals could build a $39 million station and not include toilet facilities is still a question this Government won’t answer.

“Maybe the Minister will just refer me to another website”, she said.

Ms Watson has christened the shoe-box toilet commuters are currently forced to use as ‘Gareth’s Gazebo’ after the Member for Kiama, who as the local MP, had to take responsibility for the blunders.

28 July 2015