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Project Details:

Bricks: Red Blue bricks, donated by Krause Bricks

Design: Hiroshi Nakao and Monash Architecture students

Construction: Northern Grampians Shire Council and Monash Architecture students

Photography: Peter Bennetts

The multi-award winning Stawell Steps provide a unique approach to this risk-mitigation activity. Designed and made by architects and architectural students using locally made bricks donated by Krause Bricks, the resulting spillway structure addressed the flooding problem by redirecting floodwaters and protecting businesses and homes surrounding the lake from potential damage.

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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.

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The project has delivered terrific flood-protection infrastructure to a town that was swamped by 1.5 metres of water in 2011.
— Jeanette Powell, Minister for Local Government