Works to replace Rio Vista Park stairs

Published on 14 September 2017

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Work will start next week to replace the Rio Vista Park stairs, providing a much more attractive, harder wearing and safer structure for decades to come.

The stairs connect Rio Vista Park near Mildura’s riverfront to Cureton Avenue, near the Mildura Arts Centre, and have been in place for about 20 years.

The works will see the existing, dilapidated timber structure demolished and replaced with a more attractive galvanised steel structure, powder-coated tubular steel balustrading and accompanying galvanised steel handrails.

The steps will be replaced with timber-look recycled plastic treads which will not only look attractive but be harder wearing and require less maintenance.

To ensure the public’s safety, the steps will include a highly visible strip of anti-slip material along the edge of each stair. The stairs have been designed for comfortable use by all users – from the elderly through to people using the steps for training and physical fitness.

Secondary portfolio Councillor for Infrastructure and Transport Simon Clemence said the new stairs would follow the same layout as the existing structure.

“These stairs, which snake their way from Rio Vista Park, eight metres up to Cureton Avenue, are popular among visitors, walkers and people looking to keep fit,” Cr Clemence said.

“And as development continues along our riverfront precinct, more and more people are utilising this area, making it important to ensure that wherever possible we continue to maintain and improve public amenities.

“These works will result in a massive improvement in the look of the Rio Vista Park stairs, as well as ensuring they’re fit for purpose well into the future.”

Works will start on Monday, 18 September with demolition of the existing timber structure, with the total project expected to be completed by early December.

During the demolition and construction period, access to some areas in the immediate area of the stairs may be limited. Residents are asked to adhere to any signage while these works are carried out.

For more information contact Council’s Building and Property Department on (03) 5018 8100.


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