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Outcomes of the external toilet block being demolished.

  1. Many volunteers have lent their support to the demolishion and removal of the external toilet block.
  2. Some business have donated their labor costs for the same.
  3. Upfront cash donation to Hazelwood and Churchill Guide District $2220.00 [broken into $80.00 for electrician to disconnect the outside light attached to the external toilet walls, $290.00 for the plumber to find and cap the galvinised water pipe, $700.00 for demolision, $650.00 off unit costs and $500.00 for slacking of bricks.
  4. Further running costs were to support refreshments and food for volunteers doing various odd jobs around the removal of mortar from the bricks.
  5. Complaints from the Churchill Soccer Club re loss of use old the external toilet block facilities.
  6. Complaints directed via Latrobe City Council from a near by farmer and different members of the Churchill Soccer Club re the children from the Churchill Soccer Club playing on the stacked bricks.
  7. Stacked bricks being mysteriously knocked over and dislodged from stacked pile.
  8. As it turns out the Ideas for extension plans that were drawn up are currently a no hoper.  There is too many steps for the few volunteers to tackle the Latrobe City Council so other these plans have had to be sidelined for a few years.
  9. The inability to properly maintain the area around the ‘piles’of bricks.
  10. Recycling the of the bricks for pathways, BBQ’s, garden walls, compost storage, garden boarders.
  11. Our old ‘closed off’ septic storage location was found on the Hazelwood South Reserve.
  12. Reusing the old external toilet block concrete slab for a base of  the ‘gorilla garden’.
  13. Weight loss and exercise!  There was lots of swinging the arms etc when moving the bricks.
  14. Extension of job for the morning tea sub-committee…. oh lunch was beautiful.. and much needed too.
  15. Different hazelwood South Hall fundraising projects have been aired and taken on.
  16. Volunteer audit has begun via Guide Centre in 2010.
  17. Rubbish removal by volunteers occurred several times.
  18. The donated tan bark has been used between the front entrances and the “brickery” construction.
  19. The old carpet previously stored in the external toilets was recycled.
  20. A small Jerry can of petrol was found in the bushes and given to the District Leader for safe keeping.
  21. The front entrances to the Hazelwood South Hall have been created.
  22. the community garden idea has become a ‘Why don’t we plant herbs” idea.
  23. A ‘brickery’ has been built [allias Gorilla garden]
  24. Frogs saved and relocated.
  25. The standards for the maintenance of the Hazelwood South Hall are easier to want to be kept. The front and the back already look good so it makes it easier to keep looking good.
  26. Native tree line along the boundary between the Hazelwood South Hall and the Hazelwood South Reserve will gradually begin.
  27. The SWOT of the Hazelwood South Hall has altered .  The Brickery and the front entrances have moved into the Strength and Opportunity boxes.
  28. Some of the objectives from the upgrading of the Hazelwood and Churchill District guides have occurred.
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May 8, 2010 Posted by | External toilet, Garden, Hazelwood Reserve, Sub Committees, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Galvanized water pipes.

With very old fragile galvanized water pipes once they are broken there is the major job of finding out where the water pipes go and trying then to find some way of capping them.

March 11, 2010 Posted by | External toilet, Galvanised, Pipes, water | Leave a comment

The story behind the removal of the external brick toilets.


When you enter some where made of brick and there are large cracks enabling you to see right through the double brick layers you just know not to sneeze or the walls may come tumbling down.  Removing the old brick external toilet should have been easy right?

Think again.

There was no money to pay for do anything of the sort. And there were no people left in the Support Group for assistance.  So the Hazelwood District leader had to wait for donations.

A parent paid for, and was subsequently paid back, the removal of the electric light that shone above the toilet block.

Then a plumber friend of a leaders changed minimal price for the capping off of the water pipes.  Which, with no plans available, no one knew where the water pipes were. The water pipes appear underground, from somewhere, and are about 10 cm away from the Gun Club side of the old toilet block slab. Being made of galvanized pipe and also being fifty years plus old these pipes are fragile.  The plumber warned of not disturbing the clay around them in any way.

For those using the Hazelwood [South] Hall  there was now no need as the extension build in the early 1990’s meant that.  Allocated people had the keys and were registered. The small bore (22) Rifle club toilets had been given a key when it was realised they had no toilets of their own.  Instead embers used the dingly old external toilets.

The Churchill Soccer club were annoyed with the change of the Hazelwood [South] Hall keys’
It was concluded that the Churchill Soccer Club no longer needed to use these facilities or the Hazelwood [South] Hall internal toilets as they had two operating sets of their own

The external toilets were finally pulled down by two men and their four wheel drive

The farmer lady behind the hall complained as the stack was not to go near her fence line.

Another three men on day then stacked the bricks up.  Mostly into one big pile.  The job was not able to be completed as the temperature was in the over 45 degree Cel.range.

A week or so later two others went down and were stacking the bricks.

These three actions cost over $1,500.00. and the job was still not done.
The District Leader had some wonderful uses for the recycled bricks.  plans were tentatively drawn up to be presented to the Department of Sustainablity and Environment and the Latrobe City Council. There is so much red tape that the brick were being ignores=d and once again were posing an Occupational Health and Safety issue.

Then came the people who threw down the bricks and generally destroyed all the work that was done to the pile.  Once Churchill Soccer mum came up and apologized as her child was one of the ones responsible.  The reason given for the action was that the father had left home.  He was one who stacked the bricks. Were the bricks picked up…”only if you pay us.”

Since that time the brick pile has gone gradually down. People have been assisting with the removal of the bricks for a few years now.

March 11, 2010 Posted by | electritian, External toilet, keys, plumber, Recycling, removal, team, toilet | 3 Comments