Golden Plains Shire Council Supports Bins4Blokes Campaign

Bins 4 Blokes
Active Ageing & Inclusion
Health & Wellbeing

Council will install disposal bins for incontinence products in 16 male toilets across Golden Plains Shire as part of the national men’s health campaign, BINS4Blokes.

The Continence Foundation of Australia established BINS4Blokes as 1.34 million boys and men across Australia experience incontinence. The campaign encourages public toilet providers including local governments, business owners, shopping centres and sporting stadiums to install disposal bins for incontinence products in male toilets.

Golden Plains Shire Mayor Cr Brett Cunningham said the bins helped reduce stigma around incontinence while also improving hygienic disposal of sanitary products.

“A lack of incontinence disposal bins in male toilets has a significant impact for community and social participation, with men who experience incontinence more likely to stay home and not take part in everyday activities.

“These bins will help improve men’s mental health, increase active living and promote social inclusion for men experiencing bladder and bowel health issues.”

The bins will be installed at the following locations in early February:
•    Golden Plains Civic Centre
•    Linton Customer Service
•    Bannockburn Family Services Centre
•    The Well at Smythesdale
•    Bannockburn Cultural Centre
•    Linton depot
•    Shelford depot
•    Rokewood depot
•    Linton Public toilets
•    Victoria Park Bannockburn
•    Rokewood Recreation Reserve
•    Shelford Recreation Reserve public toilets
•    Teesdale Turtle Bend public toilets
•    Inverleigh public toilets
•    Bannockburn Heart public toilets
•    Meredith public toilets

These toilets have been identified as having the heaviest traffic throughout the Shire and already have accessible sanitary bins installed in female toilets.

Anyone experiencing bladder and bowel problems should speak to their GP or contact the National Continence Helpline on 1800 33 00 66.

For further information about this initiative, please contact Council’s Active Ageing and Inclusion team on 03 5220 7151 or email: [email protected].

Supporting Council’s 2021-2025 Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan (MPHWP), this initiative is fully funded by Council and has an annual cost of $2,176.

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