About the Project

Located in the heart of town, Apex Park is a key recreational and community hub. The Park features the Wonthaggi & District Historical Society Museum housed in the former railway buildings and displays the poppet head; a real mine whistle tower which signals daily at midday. It also links the Bass Coast Rail Trail with the town.

The Park is utilised by a variety of community groups and events including the Bass Coast Artist Society, Men’s Shed, Bass Coast Makers and Growers Market and the Neighbourhood Centre.

As part of the Apex Park implementation plan a new playground was installed in 2020. Drawing on the historical significance of the former train station, the playspace includes a timber train engine and carriages, a wooden trestle bridge, a slide and a swing and other nature-based play items.

Apex Park Toilet Block Redevelopment

As part of the Masterplan, we are replacing the current toilet block in Apex Park with modern unisex and accessible facilities, including a Changing Places Toilet Facility. The existing facility is due for renewal.

Work to construct the new toilet block will start in September and take around six weeks to complete. During this time, the existing toilet block will not be accessible. Alternative public facilities are located in Watt Street (next to the Court House) and in the Wonthaggi Plaza (see below map).

The upgrade to the toilet facilities will provide Wonthaggi with amenities that are suitable for all community members.

This project was fully funded by Regional Infrastructure Fund for a total value of $330,000

The new toilet block will provide the Wonthaggi community with updated bathroom facilities that meet the changing needs of the town.

A Changing Places toilet is fitted with a height-adjustable adult-sized changing table, a track and hoist system and enough space to provide a safe, clean toilet and changing environment for those with additional needs. The new Changing Places facility will be a valuable asset for locals and visitors, possibly attracting people who otherwise wouldn’t have visited the area.

  • Demolition of the existing toilet facilities.
  • Supply and installation of new toilet block and other ancillary works such as accessible concrete footpaths, concrete paving and final reinstatement of the site.
  • Signage is displayed below for nearest accessible toilet locations. For further information on these accessible toilet locations, please visit https://www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/community-support-services/accessibility
  • Appropriate traffic and pedestrian control measures, will be implemented onsite during these works. These sites will be a construction zone and for your own safety and others, there will be some access restrictions. Our contractor will make every effort to minimise disruptions to park users. We appreciate that these works may present an inconvenience and we ask for your patience during these times.
  • The use of plant and machinery including noisy and vibration works during demolition and construction of the new toilet blocks.

Was there any consultation with the community on this project?

This project is part of the Wonthaggi Activity Centre Plan. Extensive community consultation was carried out as part of this project in 2019.

Why can’t we keep the building?

A structural assessment was completed on the toilet block in July 2021, due to vertical and stepwise cracking in interior and exterior walls. This report recommended that due to structural issues, the building ultimately needs to be demolished. Temporary repairs have been completed to extend use of the building, until a replacement facility is built. The new toilets at Apex Park will replace an outdated and non-compliant facility.

Why Unisex Toilets?

Everyone needs access to public toilets they can use with ease and dignity. Over the years, the design of Council-owned toilets has evolved to reflect changing attitudes to safety, privacy and maintenance, and to address areas of need that had not previously been prioritised. These include the needs of senior citizens, and people with a disability and their carers.

Unisex facilities that open directly to public space afford the best protection from vandalism and undesirable behaviour. Unisex toilets are also more inclusive, can help to reduce waiting times and make it easier for parents to accompany a child of the opposite sex to the bathroom.

The provision of unisex toilets enables sanitary facilities to be utilised by a wider range of user groups and is a more universally designed approach with the most equitable outcome for the community.

How many toilets will there be?

The new toilet block will provide a Changing Places Facility and four accessible private cubicles. The new facility will provide one additional cubicle to the previous toilet block, and will be more convenient, safe, secure and accessible, with high levels of visibility, durability, security, light and ventilation.

Changing Places Facilities include a toilet fitted with a height-adjustable adult-sized changing table, a track and hoist system with adequate space. These facilities are for people with high-need disability and their carers, allowing them to take extended excursions or participate in activities away from home or place of care.

How is this project being funded?

This $330,000 project was funded from the State Government’s Regional Infrastructure Grant Program as part of the Wonthaggi Streetscapes project.