SAFER NIGHTS: Snr Const Scott Nicol, Susan Rewald, Lloyd Finnis and Trish Mears take a tour of the Bundaberg CBD as part of the Safe Night Precinct Program aimed at implementing local initiatives to help reduce alcohol and drug related violence within the precinct. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
SAFER NIGHTS: Snr Const Scott Nicol, Susan Rewald, Lloyd Finnis and Trish Mears take a tour of the Bundaberg CBD as part of the Safe Night Precinct Program aimed at implementing local initiatives to help reduce alcohol and drug related violence within the precinct. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

CBD set to get safer

NEW 24 hours toilets, security guards at taxi ranks, CCTV, more lighting and gates on alleyways may soon be headed for the Bundaberg CBD in an effort to improve safety after dark.

The move comes as representatives from the Safe Night Precinct board met with emergency services, taxi drivers and owners of Bundaberg CBD businesses for a Wednesday night walk through the CBD to review its safety.

Bundaberg is one of 15 Queensland precincts declared part of the State Government's Safe Night Out Strategy.

Safe Night Precinct board president Lloyd Finnis, a security manager said the night was "really constructive".

Senior Community Crime Prevention officer Sue Rewald took part in the walk and said several important issues were identified.

"It was very beneficial, we could see firsthand some of the areas that could be improved, just walking through of a daytime you don't see that," she said.

Ms Rewald said it was clear the CBD Pavilion toilets which are closed after dark were a major problem for Bundaberg.

"That's been an issue for a while not having toilets," she said.

Ms Rewald said the group would discuss with the operators of the facility, the Bundaberg Regional Council the potential for one of the two disabled toilets upstairs to be converted into a public use 24 hours toilet with stainless steel fittings to prevent vandalism.

Another consideration, Ms Rewald said was to install a second toilet facility in the paved centre area near the Club Hotel.

"Overseas they have quite good all-in-one cubical toilets that are a bit more portable maybe that's something we could look at," she said.

Ms Rewald said this move may also help to decrease the incidence of public urination in the CBD on shopfront and in alleyways.



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