Although at first glance the title of the article might seem humorous, it is very important. “The Australian Government has provided $31 million to the Department of Health and Ageing, since 1999 to fund the National Continence Management Strategy program.The National Public Toilet Map Project is apart of that strategy. The National Public Toilet Map team, has been working with Councils all across Australia to keep an update oÃ‚Ân the toilet information. Currently 96% of all Councils that serve 9,000 out of the 14,000 public and private toilets, have successfully completed their verification.
The National Public Toilet Map was set up to provide toilet information to the estamated 3.8 million Australians who are affected by incontinence;but it is also helpful for families with small children and for people planning a road trip.” According to this article, Google, Vienna,NYC, Tokyo (humorous)and others also have toilet maps. There is also an American Restroom organization. and as always – a conference World Toilet Expo and Forum.
This is a wonderful, great civic use of GIS which probably increases the number of people out in public shopping and sightseeing.