Garie Beach precinct reopens after toilets problem fixed

Family Friendly: Facilities have reopened at Garie Beach. Picture: National Parks and Wildlife Service

Family Friendly: Facilities have reopened at Garie Beach. Picture: National Parks and Wildlife Service

The Garie Beach picnic precinct in Royal National Park has been reopened after a problem with toilets was fixed.

National Parks and Wildlife Services (NPWS) has restored electrical power, which helps operate the sewerage system.

Regional manager Gary Dunnett said the electricity supply to the toilet block failed on Saturday morning and the problem continued o Sunday.

Mr Dunnett said the toilets relied mainly on gravity flow, but power was required to flush toilets properly.

“At 10.30am on Sunday, we closed the precinct and this included closing vehicle access to the site,” he said.

“This swift action meant the toilets weren’t being used, so we avoided a sewage spill as there was limited water entering the sewerage system.

“Contractors have worked on resolving the electrical power supply issue.

“This included work on the diesel generator and solar battery systems that power the toilet block and surrounding infrastructure.”

Mr Dunnett said closure of the precinct had not affected the Royal Coast Track.

“The weather forecast is looking mild for the coming weekend, so we’re pleased to have the precinct back up and running,” he said.

For up to date information on facilities, call the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on (02) 9542 0692, or visit: nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/royal-national-park

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