Australian company Quicksmart Homes designed, supplied
and commissioned several waterless composting toilets and low-flow gas-fired
showers at North Byron
Parklands, which will be hosting the upcoming Splendour in the Grass event.
Patrons at the outdoor event will be the first to experience these
state-of-the-art waterless and low-odour composting toilets supplied by
Committed to sustainable technologies, the Byron Shire Council granted Parklands
approval for 258 composting toilets in 2013. Quicksmart Homes designed and
commissioned the 240 bespoke composting toilets and 192 low-flow gas-fired
shower stalls. Together with the six pilot composting toilets built in 2013, Parklands
now has 246 waterless units, which will significantly add to patron comfort and
Managing Director of Quicksmart Homes Rufus Harding said the project
offered an opportunity to combine North Byron Parkland’s experience in green technology
with Quicksmart Homes’ design and volume production capability. Having produced
high specification products for many years, the project was a welcome reminder
of the simplicity of good design.
The installation featured a 100% relocatable design allowing a huge
amount of flexibility in facilitating unique camping and event layouts for
events held at Parklands. The modules were fitted onto removable screw pile
foundations, aligned with Parklands’ environmental philosophy to manage fresh
and waste water cycles sustainably.
The design is expected to deliver a number of environmental benefits
including significant reduction in waste water truck movements and a dramatic
reduction in waste being sent to the Byron Shire Council owned sewerage
treatment plant (STP).
According to Mat Morris, General Manager of Parklands, unlike the vast
majority of outdoor venues that are compelled to transport hundreds of
port-a-loos and showers to and from the site for each event, Parklands and
Quicksmart Homes have delivered an infinitely more sustainable solution that resolves
many of these transport and waste disposal issues.
He acknowledged Byron Shire Council’s role in approving
these facilities, which greatly assisted Parklands in fulfilling a number of its