TICKER: Beachgoers drop their trousers in bizarre toilet protest

Twelve people, dressed in bowler hats and smart suits, carried their own toilets down to the beach, placing them in a line on the beach front before dropping their trousers and sitting.

The protesters said they were demanding public toilet facilities, of which there are currently none, in the local area.

A local photographer Andrew Baines came up with the idea of the protest, and will paint the scene for an exhibition in January 2013, after taking photographs at the event on Sunday.

He said though that creating this sort of work was about more than just the aesthetics.

“I think this is the job of an artist to take these issues to the wider community and let people talk about it,” he said.

Beachgoers often have to ask local cafe owners to use their toilets, disturbing customers and inconveniencing the owners.

But Kym Hewitt, a local business owner, said he sympathised with those beachgoes faced with little choice.

“The public toilets are not up to scratch at all and quiet often we have a lot of people coming through to the cafe, sort of not really dressed for the cafe,” he said.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported that the local council is currently consulting the community about the best place to build the toilets

UK Telegraph

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