Portable toilets were available to Leslie Dam campers for the first time this year.
Portable toilets were available to Leslie Dam campers for the first time this year. Contributed

Dam toilets cause a stink

WITH the number of holiday makers at Leslie Dam soaring during the Easter break, it seems not everyone was a happy camper with complaints of overflowing rubbish and unusable toilets.

Several campers contacted the Daily News describing conditions at Washpool Camping Reserve as so disgusting it drove out-of-town visitors back home again.

Warwick woman Sandra Norris said she holidays at the spot and said she saw people leave rather than endure the conditions.

“People had been coming from Brisbane and leaving the next day because it was so filthy,” she said.

“There was a one-hour wait for a shower and when I got there it was cold. There was rubbish everywhere and even if you walked past them when they were empty they would knock you over, they’re that filthy.

“It’s a beautiful spot but you just wish it was clean.”

Fellow camper Fay Hawken said while there were a number of portable toilets on-site, they weren’t pumped over the long weekend and were ultimately zip-tied shut once they reached capacity.

Washpool Reserve manager Peter Guy said this was the first year portable toilets had been available to campers and said the holiday period made it impossible for him to get someone to go out and pump them.

“The porta-loos were cleaned twice a day and more if complaints were made,” Mr Guy said.

There were also concerns from campers who said they witnessed an employee clean the portable toilets without gloves, before wiping her hands on her shirt and manning the kiosk.

Mr Guy said the kiosk had industrial-strength hand cleaner, which would have been used afterwards.

Mr Guy said rubbish was routinely collected and 350 large bags were distributed to deal with any extra.

Councillor Neil Meiklejohn said the facilities at Leslie Dam were a lot better than they had been previously and said there were no plans for an upgrade to cater for the increased demand.



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