Twice-daily check for park toilets

By DARREN COYNE

PUBLIC toilets in Knox Park, Murwillumbah, will be inspected twice a day by Tweed Shire Council officers to ensure syringe bins are not being overloaded.

That assurance was given yesterday by the Director of Environment and Community Services Don Buckley following Daily News reports regarding a needle-stick injury received by a 10-year-old boy on Sunday.

Mr Buckley also gave an assurance that sexually explicit graffiti in the public toilets would be removed as quickly as possible.

He said the syringe bins were regularly serviced by contractors, with any problems normally reported by cleaning staff.

"We've had no reports or issues raised that they were not coping with the numbers," he said.

"We will be inspecting twice daily to see if it's a situation of overloading and whether they need to be serviced more regularly."

Meanwhile, Paul Corben, director of Public Health within the Northern Rivers Area Health Service yesterday defended the placement of syringe bins in the public park.

"Australia has a relatively low rate of blood-borne viruses such as HIV because of our harm-reduction strategies which includes the provision of safe injecting equipment and disposal facilities," he said.



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