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Goorambat toilet block breaks new ground

By Benalla Ensign

Work on the Goorambat toilet block has begun, with plumber Malcolm Hooper, alongside Darryl's Diggers, commencing the digging for the septic tank in pouring rain last week.

The lines were also laid, and it is expected the tank will be connected to the toilet block within the next fortnight.

After community pleas for public toilets were made last year, a toilet block was kindly donated by Schneider Electric in Benalla.

Spearheaded by worker Anthony Beaton, who read of Goorambat's plight, the company gifted the town with an unused block that sat out the back of its Sydney Rd factory.

Following coordination with management, it was then presented to the Goorambat community and relocated to the work site by Gall Farming.

Tough conditions: Plumber Malcolm Hooper hard at work in the rain.

Local fundraising efforts for the toilets have also been ongoing, with funding coming from Benalla Rural City Council, DELWP, community businesses, as well as several national and international donations via a GoFundMe page.

With the project well on its way towards an official opening, Goorambat & District Community Group said the next step was finding someone to paint the exterior of the block.

Interested parties can send their proposals to [email protected]

Proposals should include an idea of what the artist would paint, the proposed cost, timescale and samples of previous artwork.

The committee will then consider all proposals in relation to ensuring the block — situated opposite a silo depicting Clydesdale horses — blends in with the town’s current artwork.