Toilet block design switch for Geraldton’s HMAS Sydney II Memorial
Geraldton councillors have scrapped the divisive designs for a toilet block at HMAS Sydney II Memorial, choosing an alternative proposal from the memorial’s designers.
In 2017, the City of Greater Geraldton rejected a design by Smith Sculptors and approved a cheaper proposal by Eastman Poletti Sherwood Architects, sparking widespread backlash.
Last night, councillors revoked their original approval and voted 12-1 in favour of an alternative by Smith Sculptors.
The design, estimated to cost $348,000, suggests having the block at the top of the carpark and doubles the stalls to eight.
Councillors will consider funding its build as part of the 2019-20 capital works program.
They also agreed to provide in principle support for an additional $1.3 million building set into the hill, with a visitor guide facility and communal space.
The City and the HMAS Sydney II Memorial Advisory Committee will seek external funding for the construction of the additional building.
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