The parent rooms in Mackay really do need some work! This is probably the best of the three reviewed to date. It’s small but it has a locking main door, change bay and toilet. Check it out and let us know what you think. Go to Mackay Needs Better Parent Rooms for more information.
Just the one toilet in here. However, the main door to the whole Parent Room locks from the inside. This means you don’t have to try and squish the pram or trolley in the toilet room with you.
The change bench has one nappy change bay. A couple more change bays would be nice. Nappy bins are under the bench. Sadly there’s no microwave or bottle warmer in here. And as the food outlets in the centre won’t heat up any baby bottles or food, parents are at a loss.
Lovely sink for handwashing, and the usual unhygienic hand dryer. Getting rid of the hand dryer, and installing a paper towel dispenser would be much friendlier. Adding a chair to allow mums to rest and feed their babies would be a nice and necessary touch. Having to sit on top of the toilet to breastfeed is not acceptable.
Narrow doorway is not twin/double pram friendly. Even for a regular pram, the turning circle is quite snug. This room is not big enough for more than one pram or family at a time.
More photos from the incredible team at Mackay. This is horrible! No wonder why they’re campaigning for better facilities for their children. How anyone is expected to use this room is beyond me. Check out the photos and let us know what you think. While you’re at it, head to Mackay Needs Better Parent Rooms on FB and lend them your support.
The room is filthy and the stench is horrendous.
This is filthy. Overflowing nappy disposal bins to the extreme. Apparently the bins are only emptied on certain days, regardless of whether or not they’re overflowing like this. Centre Management needs to wake up to themselves and spend a bit of money on fixing this problem.
Now would you like to heat up a bottle in this microwave, especially with it being so close to sky high spilling-over nappy bins?? I don’t think so! And adding to the problem is the lack of paper towels. None at all!
Two dirty, wet hard changing bays on the bench.
Dirty, wet, floors in the smelly toilets.
Impractical, small toilet-cubicle size private feeding cubicle. Curtain for privacy.
Are you sick and tired of sub standard parent rooms in your area?
Check out these photos from Mt Pleasant Woolworths Parents Room. These photos are courtesy of the Mackay Needs Better Parents Rooms group campaigning for better facilities to look after their children.
Small hallway to the Parent Room. Sadly it’s not wide enough to cater for a twin pram.
The room itself does not offer a toilet. This is pretty bad for mums and dads who might need to use the toilet while they’re out with the kids in the pram.
The breastfeeding couch. Not exactly comfortable or overly practical.
At least the bench with the sinks and microwave were clean. Nice to see two sinks. One for food prep and the other for washing hands after nappy changes. Would be better to have them on separate benches on opposite sides of the room. The music in this room is ridiculously loud. It’s not necessary in a Parents Room to have piped music.
A pretty basic long bench along the wall for nappy changes. A few proper change bays built into the bench would be a nice touch. It’s quite a foul smelling room. Perhaps the nappy bins should be changed a little more often!!
Look at this change bench! Why aren’t the nappy bins underneath the bench? They’re taking up valuable space being placed against the adjacent wall. Maybe the empty cardboard box is also for nappy disposal, as the smell of the room implies the bins aren’t emptied that regularly.