Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Mudlo Stairs Returning

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Mudlo Stairs Returning

Article excerpt

VISITORS to Rainbow Beach will have easier access to the beach near Mudlo Rocks after workers replace the bottom section of the beach stairs today.

The stairs have been left incomplete since Cyclone Winston battered the Queensland coastline in late February, bringing waves up to 2.75m crashing on Rainbow Beach.

When residents first noticed a third of the stairs were missing they assumed the swell had washed them away, until Division 1 Councillor Mark McDonald told media the council had removed them before the big swell.

Gympie Region Mayor Mick Curran said the stairs had to be closed for public safety.

"They were just hanging in the free air, and too dangerous," Cr Curran said. "During the cyclone, about two metres of the sand was eroded."

Three months later, enough sand has finally returned for the council to reinstall the stairs.

Those works are set to begin at 11am today, and Cr Curran said the stairs would be complete and open for public use by close of business today. …

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