Surfers Paradise loo trial to continue under new conditions

A TRIAL of portable urinals in the Surfers Paradise nightclub precinct will continue for one more week, despite immense backlash on social media.

The City of Gold Coast today revealed they have implemented new conditions for the remainder of the trial.



The operating time of the loos has been restricted from midnight to dawn, halving the original time. They will also be contained in a privacy screen, and the trial will end soon after New Year celebrations.

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Screens have been erected around the portable loos in Surfers. Photo: Supplied

Councillor Lex Bell said while some concern has been raised about public urinals by the public, something needs to be done.

“What is happening in alleyways and in shop fronts in the area is much more offensive,” he said.

“It’s less offensive to have urinals than it is to have people peeing in the street.

“The reality is that many nightclub patrons will continue to urinate in an unsavoury manner unless facilities are placed right in their path”.

The loos copped a great deal of backlash on social media overnight, with close to 4000 people sharing their thoughts on the popular Gold Coast Weather and News Facebook Page.


Dianne Wallace said: “No thank you. This is not acceptable in a public place.”

Missy Vicki said: “If it was only available Friday and Saturday nights 10pm until 5am, fine but permanently. That’s feral, disgusting and completely vulgar.”

However, not all the comments were negative, with some users positive about the trial.

Brad Harris said: “Better than Surfers Paradise smelling like piss every morning.”

Paul De Zwart said: “Great for when the clubs close.”

What are your thoughts? What do you think of the new portable urinals on Cavill Ave?