Human waste pollutes Great Ocean Road

HUMAN waste and toilet paper are polluting a popular Great Ocean Road lookout.

Tourism operator Sue Tate wants authorities to build toilets at Castle Cove, Glenaire, so tourists don’t need to resort to squatting at the roadside stop.

Mrs Tate visited Castle Cove on Monday to count the amount of faeces and toilet paper on the ground. She said she stopped counting at 60.

Mrs Tate and other business owners at Glenaire, about 30 kilometres west of Apollo Bay, say they are disgusted with the condition of the lookout and the lack of toilets.

“We have travelled extensively in Australia and the world and have never seen so much human poo and toilet paper at a roadside stop ever,” Mrs Tate said.

“In summer just the smell at the site is foul,” she said.

Mrs Tate, of CastleAire Bed and Breakfast, said the only toilet facility at Castle Cove was a sign directing people to the nearest toilet block, 15 kilometres away.

“The sign has been up there for a few months now; the thing is if they need to go, they need to go,” she said.

“A sign’s not going to stop them.”

Parks Victoria, Colac Otway Shire Council and VicRoads have developed a concept plan with upgrades for Castle Cove.

The plan proposes upgrades to walking tracks, the viewing area and carpark as well as interpretive and directional signs but no new toilet.

A sign will point to Lavers Hill as the next stop with toilets, petrol and cafes.

Council chief Rob Small said adding more toilet blocks was “a question of what infrastructure you could afford”.

“We might have 20 or 30 spots like that in that broad precinct and we can’t afford to put a toilet in every one of those,” he said.

Parks Victoria’s West Otway ranger in charge Jack Dinkgreve said the Castle Cove area was “very sensitive in terms of land stability, cultural heritage and environmental issues”.

“So it’s not really suited to any significant development,” Mr Dinkgreve said.

Mayor Stephen Hart said he was pleased Parks Victoria had developed the plan.

Cr Hart said a drop-in session at Lavers Hill on September 5 would give people a chance to have a say on the plan.