Katherine's town centre on the nose

HOT HOUSES: Katherine's Mayor labels them 'hot houses' and a visitor today described one as a disgrace on the eve of the tourist season.
HOT HOUSES: Katherine's Mayor labels them 'hot houses' and a visitor today described one as a disgrace on the eve of the tourist season.

KATHERINE’S public toilets have been labelled a disgrace and the town’s centre smells like urine.

At least one of the town’s automated steel toilets, which Mayor Fay Miller has criticised as hot houses, was unusable today with a broken sliding door just as the tourists returned for the new season.

A resident has told Katherine Town Council the town smells “terrible and disgusting” because of the strong urine odour in the main street.

Mayor Miller agreed the smell was overpowering in some areas.

“There is no charge for the toilets at Woolworths now and there are public toilets located throughout the town,” Mayor Miller said.

“People need to take responsibility for their own actions,” she said.

She said there was not a lot the council could do about the smell short of spraying deodorant or disinfectant about the town.

“There a lot of business owners who hose their part of the street down every day so there’s no issue of smell there,” Mayor Miller said.

“I agree the smell of urine is not a very good advert for our town.”

She said public toilets in some other towns were shaded and “cooler” and cleaner, even though the Katherine toilets were cleaned daily.

“Ours are stuck out in the middle of the sun, they look a lot of like a hot house even before you walk in.”

The door on the automated public toilet in Giles Street was clearly broken yesterday which gave passerbys a direct view of anyone who was using the toilet.

A Victorian visitor, who did not want to be photographed or identified, called the toilet a disgrace.

“We always rate the towns we visit on their public amenities like toilets,” the pensioner said.