national parks e-magazine

It’s funny how many of the issues wrapped around a dunny in a national park have parallels with the core concerns faced by anyone managing natural landscapes. Like access – both to use the loo and to service it. Visitor expectations – is the toilet where it needs to be; is it working; is it clean? Visual impact – how can we site our loos not to ruin the views? Yes, dunnies are a hot topic, and to help keep on top of it, the Australian Alps Program (publisher of this fine e-mag) has for years been helping the agencies share their best-toilet-practice with each other. As John McRae, the current Program Manager says, “We all know that toilets are really important to people, that they’ll have a great time visiting the park but they’ll remember a bad toilet. And here in the Alps any ranger will know about the extra things that can go wrong with them – the ice plugs, the burst pipes.” And that’s not all, which is why anyone dealing with toilets should keep a look out for the next dunny workshop gathering to be organised by the Program where a lot of great info sharing is expected to go down. But in the meantime, here’s a look at some of what’s been happening loo-wise across the three agencies…

 

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