How to put off visitors: a dirty story
EDITORIAL: Once upon a time, children, nestled on the sleepy Esplanade at Scarness, there was an amenities block.
It was a little worn, and the concrete floor was perpetually sandy, but there was room to get changed, and there were showers and benches and things to hang towels on. And toilets that you weren't afraid to use.
That was a long time ago, and now the youngsters who used that block are, for example, grumpy middle-aged editors.
Now at Scarness we have a block with toilets only.
There is disability access, which is excellent, but that's where the compliments end, based on the experience of at least one visitor to the city.
"Absolutely disgusting" was the verdict.
The council has been quick to blame an outside contractor and to say how much money is budgeted for toilet cleaning and maintenance, and to boast that a toilet swift-response team is only five to 10 minutes away.
But reputation damage happens quickly when it comes to toilets.
It may be fortunate that toiletinspector.com doesn't have Australian entries among its cautionary tales.
That's not how we want the Fraser Coast to become internationally famous.