This City Just Spent $278K to Build a Public Toilet for Instagrammers

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When a site becomes a popular backdrop for Instagrammers, people from around the world begin to flock to the location. For one city, a small wooden house perched over a river has become one of those sites, and the local area wasn’t designed to deal with the influx of tourists looking to take photos.

The Crawley Edge Boatshed has become the most photographed attraction in Perth, Australia, according to a report by CNN. The little blue house is a beacon for Instagrammers, but its location isn’t particularly convenient, and the number of visitors has become troublesome.

Situated along the Swan River, the boat shed provides a magnificent backdrop for photos. However, it is located along one of the city’s busiest streets, and many visitors park in nearby residential areas and attempt to cross Mounts Bay Road on foot, which can be dangerous.

“There has been an increase over the past few years of visitors to this area, with tour buses as well as self-driven visitors stopping here for photo opportunities,” said the Perth City Council.

Additionally, tourists have started to burden local businesses. Nearby Zafferano’s restaurant has been overrun with visitors asking to use the restaurant’s bathroom. The owner claims that some have been disruptive, rude, and even verbally abusive.

“The closest public [restroom] is located at the Narrows Gardens which is 2.4 kilometres [1.5 miles] away,” said the council.

In order to solve the issue with tourists and a lack of available bathrooms, Perth decided to construct a solar-powered toilet near the Crawley Edge Boat Shed. The new facility will reportedly cost AUS $400,000, about $278,000 US. Annual maintenance costs are expected to be around AUS $20,000 ($14,000 US).

“The construction of the proposed facility, with appropriate signage at strategic locations, will allow visitors to the area the respite they need, without exhausting the current business facility’s capacity,” the council stated.