Letter to the Editor: City of Albany should boost Middleton Beach change room and toilet facilities
Congratulations to the City of Albany on providing a mobile public change room/toilet facility while the refurbishment of the older beach facility takes place.
The current public change rooms (attached to the Albany Surf Life Saving Club) have two showers in the female block, two showers in the male block and one disabled block.
There are nine showers/toilets in the mobile facility installed on Monday, so we now have access to more showers in this facility, than what will be in the permanent facility once it is renovated! Go figure.
As a regular morning swimmer at Binalup/Middleton Beach for the past nine years, I have seen the number of swimmers multiply several times over.
Since the pandemic in particular, a huge upswing in morning swimmers has occurred which is wonderful, as people turn to natural pursuits to improve physical and mental wellbeing.
On any given morning, there can be upwards of 80 swimmers enjoying a morning dip over a period of about two hours.
This results in obvious overcrowding in the change rooms.
Tourists also use the facilities and there’s increase in visitors to Albany.
Wisdom would suggest an increase in facility size would be obvious.
Despite spending upwards of $13 million on the Middleton Beach precinct upgrade, the City of Albany did not include in their planning any funding to increase in size or replace the current facilities, which beggars belief.
The city has been provided with feedback on numerous occasions from users of the facilities, yet consistently refuses to listen.
All we are told is that the current facility within the Albany Surf Life Saving Club footprint will be renovated but not enlarged.
Look at the facilities at Leighton Beach in Perth as a great example of a new facility that is fit for purpose and number of users.
It’s great that we’ve had a visit from the State Government in the past couple of days to announce State funding for the Surf Life Saving Club upgrade and the artificial surf reef project.
But what about some local government action and funding to upgrade the size of the current public use facilities?
Mary-Jane Gibbs, Albany
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