New amenities block for Nimmitabel
Member for Monaro John Barilaro and local MLC Bronnie Taylor have announced more than $93,000 to deliver new restrooms for Nimmitabel. Mr Barilaro said existing amenities at the Lake Williams Rest Area, which currently consist of just one male and one female ambulant toilet, have been deemed inadequate by the community.
“Nimmitabel is a popular rest stop among holidaymakers as they head down to the beautiful South Coast,” Mr Barilaro said. “However, with the fires and COVID-19 this has meant less tourists are travelling through town, which has been extremely tough on the local businesses. “Nimmitabel relies on the money visitors bring in and these new amenities will ensure that visitors are encouraged to stay in town longer and hopefully supporting our local businesses by shopping locally.”
Mr Barilaro explains the current facilities cannot cater for the traffic during peak travel times, particularly over Christmas and Easter. “We will be replacing the current amenities block with a total of five toilet cubicles. This will include a cubicle for people with ambulant disabilities, a unisex toilet and a unisex disabled toilet with baby changing facilities.”
Ms Taylor said the new amenities block is very suited to being located at Lake Williams, which is already a popular spot for visitors and locals alike. “During peak holiday periods the Lake Williams rest area is bustling, with a constant flow of holidaymakers, locals and fisherman making use of the facilities on offer,” Ms Taylor said. “The restrooms will complement what is already on offer, with the Lake Williams rest stop already offering a covered barbeque area, picnic tables and a new fitness station.”
Nimmitabel Progress Association President Vickie Pollard thanked Mr Barilaro and Ms Taylor and said the community are very excited about the project. “As tourism and the population continues to grow in Nimmitabel, enhancement projects like additional toilets at Lake Williams become a necessity,” Ms Pollard said.
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