Frustrated parents are pleading with the State Government to fix toilets at a primary school south of Brisbane, that do not flush properly and have been described as little better than a “truck stop”.

Desperate parents from Springwood Road State School (SRSS) have written letters to the Queensland Government in the past nine months to fix the substandard toilets, reports ABC news.

P&C president said a lot of children at the school do not use the toilets and “hold on until they get home”.


“The toilets are dark and smelly, the floor is disgusting and the sinks are falling apart,” Mrs Pheeney said.

“The boys toilets and the urinals are terrible — they’re very unhealthy and I really don’t think any member of government would use these toilets if they were put on the spot.

“There is also a group of preps and grade 1’s who eat their lunch outside the toilet blocks and the stench is terrible.

“I wouldn’t eat my lunch there and the children shouldn’t be expected to eat their lunch there — it’s pretty awful.”

Common issue at schools

A discussion on the ABC Facebook page saw many parents sharing that their children had refused to use the school toilets due to filth.

One comment read, “Actually comparing them to a truck stop is offensive. I have been in many truck stop toilets and they are far far cleaner than school toilets.”

I know my own boys refuse to use the toilets at school unless they are desperate.

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  • I hope this has been sorted. Would be nice to ahve an update.


  • I can’t see an adult using putting up with these conditions so why should children. It wouldn’t surprise me if a lot of children at this school get sick quite often.


  • Our children deserve better than this.


  • That’s disgusting! Our children are not second class citizens and our tax dollars pay good money to have an education system there to support them and that should extend to all the facilities involved.


  • You can’t expect children to learn healthy toilet habits of thats the facilities they have. Needs to be fixed!


  • This is really a huge problem. A health issue too. No child should be unable to use hygienic and clean toilets at school. It should be considered a right and something that a school must provide. Shame on the school.


  • Surely money should be spent on toilets – they are a basic fundamental need. I have come across some terrible toilets when out and about and the best thing parents can do is complain and write letters to get action.

    • Eating outside of the toilets is just awful too.


  • Read about this in the paper – hopefully making it public will jolt the government into doing something.


  • I wonder if the people who are ignoring the repeated requests would use toilets in the same condition? What a disgrace. Do our children not deserve any better? My brother’s ex fought for a long time with the NSW dept of education to get soap in their kids’ school toilets. SOAP. It took months, but it eventually happened, should never had taken as long as it did, though.

    Perhaps going about getting a resolution in a different way is what’s needed in this instance. Concerned parents should contact the department of health and put a formal complaint in, as many as they can get to do it. They’ll shut the place down until it’s fixed. See how quickly it gets done then!


  • Yes, this is a big problem. They should work properly and cleaned every hour. I think they should school inspection on this and fine when not properly functioning or clean.


  • Those toilets are filthy, I wouldn’t want my children using them either. Come on government you can do better…


  • Hopefully for them by making this public the government may take action.


  • These toilets really do look disgusting.


  • Going to the toilet is a basic human need. These need fixing asap.


  • And holding on can create later health issues…


  • Some money should be invested in renovating those toilets indeed!!


  • Oh dear, not good at all! These look like our public toilets. More dare should be put into school loos….


  • So disgusting,they need to get onto this straight away.


  • Oh holding on …so very bad for you and take it from someone who knows holding on at school in class can lead to an embarrassing accident.
    Maybe these parents/teachers/students should stage a strike/protest and have the news, current affairs etc cover it.


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