Thirteen months after it was officially opened, Shellharbour Junction Station’s public toilets – labelled ‘Gareth’s Gazebo’ – have finally been built and are available to commuters, Member for Shellharbour, Anna Watson, announced today.
“While ‘Gareth’s Gazebo’ should have been built as part of the Shellharbour Junction Station – rather than as an optional extra – I am pleased that the community’s voice on the need for this new station to have readily available public toilets has been vindicated.
“The new public toilets are located just at the entrance to Shellharbour Junction station.
“The State Government is however still hiding the full cost of not building the toilets as part of the design and construction of Shellharbour Junction station.
“The last time a new station was built was at Oak Flats in 2003 and it included the provision of public toilets in the design and construction phase.
“Oak Flats station was built without any fanfare by the former State Labor Government and without any controversy, unlike Shellharbour Junction.
“The Liberals wanted to play politics with the construction of Shellharbour Junction from day one and it saw one cock-up after another”, Ms Watson said.
8 January 2016
SHELLHARBOUR JUNCTION STUFF UPS:
- Labor commits to building new station in February 2011, while Liberals oppose it.
- Liberals backflip and commit to matching Labor’s pledge just days later.
- Liberals promise planning documents would be released by mid-2012, only to do so in 2013.
- Blow-out in construction costs for new station from $35 million in 2011 to $39 million in 2014.
- Gareth Ward MP announces new station will be called “Shell Cove”.
- Geographical Names Board refuses to name new station “Shell Cove”.
- Geographical Names Board names new station “Shellharbour Junction”.
- State Government refuses to release public submissions on name change consultations.
- Shellharbour Junction officially opened in November 2014.
- Revealed that new station does not include public toilets.
- State Government indicates new toilets will be built “within months”.
- Former Minister for Transport, Gladys Berejikilian MP tells Anna Watson MP in a letter dated January 2015 that public toilets won’t be built until 2016.
- Former Minister says her letter was wrongly post-marked and toilets would be available by end of 2015.
- Toilets finally available in January 2016.