Bundaberg Regional Council has been commended for providing accessible toilets through a nation-wide competition called the Great Dunny Hunt.
Run by The Continence Foundation of Australia, the competition showcases Australia’s best public toilets on The National Public Toilet Map, with the Bundaberg Airport restroom taking out top spot.
The competition's aim is to provide awareness on access to quality public toilets, which is a huge consideration for those living with incontinence.
For this year’s hunt, Australians were asked to take photographs of their favourite public dunny and upload them to The National Public Toilet Map (NPTM) website or app, as well as update any public toilet facilities.
Australia’s top three accessible toilets are:
- Bundaberg Airport – Kensington, QLD
- Lake Pertobe – Warrnambool, VIC
- Belair National Park 2 – Belair, SA
The expert judging panel was made up of:
- Sean Burford, who won the title of Australia’s Greatest Dunny Hunter in 2022 by entering over 129 dunnies on The National Public Toilet Map.
- Katherine Webber, who was awarded the 2018 Rodney Warmington Churchill Fellowship to increase
inclusion and accessibility in public toilets by researching taboos, design, policy and legal barriers.
- Rowan Cockerell, CEO of the Continence Foundation of Australia.
- Tania Mayne, Content Manager, National Public Toilet Map
This year’s hunt attracted more than 778 entries, with 1,935 photos and 150 new facilities added.
The National Public Toilet Map for the Bundaberg Region highlights 36 accessible public toilets.
Rowan Cockerell, CEO of the Continence Foundation of Australia, said the map was extremely beneficial for the one in four Australians who experience incontinence as well as the 38% of people living with a disability who are experiencing incontinence.
“We’re very excited to see the impact the updated map will have on the thousands of Australians experiencing incontinence, by identifying nearby toilet facilities that suit their individual needs,” he said.
Sean Burford encouraged all Aussies to take a moment to enter their favourite dunnies to continue to spread awareness.
“When you’re out and about, it’s a great opportunity to find nearby facilities and check that the information about accessibility is up to date on the map,” he said.
“A good photo showing accessibility really is worth a thousand words.”'
The National Public Toilet Map can be found here.