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Works commence to replace Mt Rouse steps

6 December 2018

Construction of new steps to the pinnacle of Mt Rouse in Penshurst will commence next week. Council advise that there will be no access to the summit during the work, expected to be completed by late January 2019.

The existing red gum steps at Mt Rouse were identified as a safety issue due to being uneven and dangerously steep, as well as their extensive deterioration over time. It was subsequently identified that the existing hand rail had become loose and that a more secure alternative was needed.

The upgraded stairs and viewing platform designed will reduce the risk to visitors of Mt Rouse by eliminating hazards posed by the existing steps and providing a safe and secure replacement, made from a combination of recycled plastic material and galvanised steel.

The design of the steps also allows for resting areas and space for passing and includes a new viewing platform at the top, vastly improving the visitor experience.

The pinnacle of Mt Rouse provides tourists and locals with one of the most spectacular views in south west Victoria. With its 360 degree view of the region, the summit of Mount Rouse is visited by more than 15,000 visitors a year and is a key experience of the Kanawinka Geopark. The site is often included in group tours with 30+ visitors walking the summit at any time. Mount Rouse is also a well promoted stop off for those travelling the internationally renowned Great Southern Touring Route.

Council’s Manager Assets StJohn Lees said the project is an important one, particularly to the Penshurst community.

“The Penshurst community and the Progress Association identified this project as a priority some time ago. Unfortunately it has taken us some time to get the solution right and we thank the community for their patience over this time. We are confident that the plans we now have in place will not only provide much greater safety, but also a superior visitor experience for the thousands who come to Mt Rouse each year,” Mr Lees said.

The tender for the works was awarded to EBAZ Pty Ltd for $114,000 and construction of the new stairs and platforms began offsite in October.

Demolition of the existing staircase will commence from next week (10 December) and construction is expected to be complete by the end of January. While there will be no access to the summit for visitors throughout construction, emergency services will be provided admittance as necessary.

For more information, please contact Manager Assets StJohn Lees on 03 5573 0365.

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