Stawell Steps is a site-specific piece of flood mitigation infrastructure that is designed and made by architects and architectural students and others using locally made bricks.
“The project has delivered terrific flood-protection infrastructure to a town that was swamped by 1.5 metres of water in 2011.” – Minister for Local Government Jeanette Powell
The multi-award winning Stawell Steps provided a unique approach to this risk-mitigation activity. The resulting spillway structure addressed the flooding problem by redirecting floodwaters and protecting businesses and homes surrounding the lake from potential damage. At the same time, the Stawell Steps provides an engaging piece of public architecture in a much-loved community space. The project was a collaboration between 11 organisations and individuals from the private, public and education sector, another aspect of the project that contributed to its success.