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A site-specific piece of flood mitigation infrastructure.

“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. Designed and made by architects and architectural students and others using locally made bricks, 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.

Investigators
Hiroshi Nakao
Professor Nigel Bertram

Project team members
Jennie Lang
Claire Scorpo

Credits
Design: Hiroshi Nakao and Monash Architecture
Client: Northern Grampians Shire Council
Structural Engineer: Peter Felicetti
Construction: Northern Grampians Shire Council and Monash Architecture students

Funded by
Krause Bricks, flood recovery grants from the Ron Walker Foundation and the Victorian Government’s Department of Planning and Community Development, Think Brick Australia, The Country Education Project and Monash University Museum of Art.

MADA students
Claire Audley
Tamara Bird
Ashleigh Briggs
Lyndal Cleary
Liam Eastop
Jesse Gould
Linda Huynh
Brenna Kinnaird
Virginia Mannering
Daniel McKenna
Emma Parkinson
Robert Randell
Kirby Rees
Chris Rigney
Amy Shaw
Julie Sloane
Lauren Trainor
Daniel Wallis
Kathryn Walter
Hanah Wexler

Stawell Steps

Photograph: Peter Bennetts.

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The project team and students including project leaders, Professor Nigel Bertram, top left, and Hiroshi Nakao, centre. Photograph: Peter Bennetts.

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