Leg-burner’s rotten stairs slated for replacement

Talitha WolfeAlbany Advertiser

Likened to Perth’s Jacobs Ladder, only harder, Albany’s iconic Sandpatch Stairs are set undergo repairs this financial year.

For decades, locals and visitors alike have tackled the more than 500 wooden stairs embed into the rugged coastline next to the Albany Windfarm.

Descending down the steep staircase to the rocky outcrops of Sandpatch Beach, the stairs have become a fitness challenge for many.

However, large swells, several reefs and other hazards make the beach unsuitable for swimming.

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In the 2017/18 budget the City of Albany will allocate $65 000 to replace stabilised earth stairs to timber stairs.

A City spokeswoman said the upgrades will replace about 200 steps in the top section.

“The existing top section of the Sandpatch stairs was installed in the 1980’s and the Jarrah used in this section is now rotten and the earth below the pine rails has been undermined,” she said.

The spokeswoman said City are working on a timeline for the works following the adoption of the budget.

Several viewing platforms are also provided along the staircase, allowing for rest and an opportunity to capture breathtaking views.

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