Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan suggested residents caught on camera urinating in public have showed a lack of respect and denied there was a lack of toilets.
Bunbury City Council’s annual report has showed there were nearly 200 incidences of public urination in the past financial year.
According to the report, the council’s 23 CCTV cameras captured the offences mainly from the CBD.
Public urination is the second highest offence captured by the cameras after street drinking — more than disorderly conduct, instances of aggressive behaviour and assaults.
Bunbury’s camera network has captured more people urinating in public than people drug dealing, littering, soliciting, stealing or indecently exposing themselves combined.
Mr Brennan said there were adequate public toilets in the CBD including those provided by the community and by restaurants and pubs.
“This is more a matter of community respect rather than lack of toilets, ” he said.
“This is similar to the question of roadside litter — instead of advocating the city should do more to clean up the litter, I suggest the focus be on those road users who show disrespect and litter our public places.”
Bunbury Police officer-in-charge Acting Sen. Sgt Matt Leishman said he was not surprised by the figures but he was disappointed people did not use toilets located in pubs and in the CBD.
“The implications are that it smells and businesses have to turn up the next day and clean their walls,” he said.
He warned people caught urinating in public will be charged with disorderly conduct, will have to go to court to explain their actions to the Magistrate and risk being heavily fined.
Most of the cameras are located in the Bunbury CBD and are monitored by council staff and by Bunbury police officers.
The moral of this story is that even when you think you are having a private tinkle, someone is probably watching.