Allanson residents have been left frustrated after the continued vandalism of the town’s only public toilet facilities.
Allanson local Lisa Gillespie said the public toilet block, located at the Allanson Oval, has been regularly trashed.
She said the toilet block had been the target of graffiti, had toilet paper stolen and thrown through the trees surrounding the facility and had toilet seats ripped off, while the nearby barbecue area was also covered in sand.
The vandalism is particularly worrying as the facilities are the only public toilet facilities close to the popular tourist destination Black Diamond Lake.
“It’s frustrating because it costs time and money to keep cleaning it up and that’s coming out of our pockets,” Ms Gillespie said.
“It’s tax-payer money that is being used to keep cleaning up and fixing the toilets.”
Shire of Collie chief executive officer David Blurton said the vandalism of public facilities was disappointing.
“The instances of vandalism are usually isolated in Collie, however it disappoints me every time I hear of an incident as it creates unnecessary cost and inconvenience for the community,” he said.
The toilet block is the only public facility in Allanson and has some importance for tourism, as it serves campers at Black Diamond along with walkers on the Karak (Red Tail) Trail from Allanson to Collie.
The toilet block is also adjacent to a playground, barbecue area and sports oval that are regularly used by the community.
Ms Gillespie said that as a result of the vandalism, the toilets were sometimes left in an unusable state.
Mr Blurton said he courages anyone with information about the vandalism to contact police so they can ‘deal with the offenders appropriately’.
Senior Sergeant Heath Soutar said police were investigating the vandalism that occurred at the toilet block on Friday, February 2.
He said police believe a juvenile was responsible for writing obscenities on the walls of the toilet in black marker and throwing toilet paper into trees.
Anyone with information should contact Collie Police on 9734 6333.