COLOUR BLOCK: Maryborough's Lupton Park toilet block receives a highly commended in an international competition, thanks to artists Willy and Di Paes and Judy Anderson, and Cr Paul Truscott.
COLOUR BLOCK: Maryborough's Lupton Park toilet block receives a highly commended in an international competition, thanks to artists Willy and Di Paes and Judy Anderson, and Cr Paul Truscott. Alistair Brightman

Sitting pretty on the international throne

THE Fraser Coast has flushed away the competition with the region's most colourful toilet block.

In February, Fraser Coast Council entered Maryborough's Lupton Park toilet block into the International Toilet Tourism Awards.

They recently were awarded with a highly commended in the Best Location category - where the toilets have views and are maybe considered an attraction in themselves.

Fraser Coast councillor Paul Truscott said the toilet block was painted by local artists Willy and Di Paes, along with Judy Anderson.

"It's fantastic out of an international award, for toilet tourism of all things, we got highly commended for it,” he said.

"I had our community staff look into the awards and they actually came and made a video of the toilet block as part of the entry.

"It is a great little clip they sent so the judges could see what it looked like.”

It had been commented to the park association that no one could find the community garden.

"Originally the whole concept was when Carol Weekes got in touch and said can we paint it because we want to point people to where the gardens were,” Cr Truscott said.

The council agreed to the proposal and the artists were asked to volunteer their time. All three artists admitted they had no idea where the gardens were.

Former association president Ms Weekes contacted Mr Paes in June last year to see if he could design a sign to advertise the gardens.

"We came up with this design,” he said.

"The inspiration was the garden but the style was doodle art.”

Go to www.youtube.com/ watch?v=KLxL51Fydfc to see the video submission.


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