Accessibility win for 1001 steps

1001 Steps at Bayview Park in Narre Warren. Photo: City of Casey.

Narre Warren’s popular 1001 steps at Bayview Park is set to include an accessible path, after welcoming funding from the Australian Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LCRI) program.

The City of Casey welcomed $1.2 million in funding to construct an accessible path for people of all ages and physical abilities to enjoy the park.

The new raised path will be fully accessible from the car park area of the 1001 steps through to the top main viewing point, with handrails where required and rest points with seating at regular intervals.

The City of Casey has welcomed $1.2 million in funding from the Australian Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) Program to undertake works at the popular 1001 steps in Narre Warren North to construct an accessible path.

City of Casey Chair of Administrators Noelene Duff PSM welcomed the funding and thanked the Australian Government for its investment into one of the City of Casey’s most popular attractions, Bayview Park.

“The City of Casey is committed to providing parks that are inclusive for all. The addition of this accessible path will allow people of all abilities to access and enjoy this outstanding attraction, which features sweeping views across Casey, Western Port and Port Phillip Bay,” Ms Duff said.

Bruce MP Julian Hill said it’s terrific the 1001 steps will be upgraded with the Australian Government’s support.

“I’m especially excited there will be accessible grades so more people can make it to the top and enjoy the views,” Mr Hill said.

The LRCI Program supports local councils to deliver priority local road and community infrastructure projects across Australia, supporting jobs and the resilience of local economies to help communities bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following some slight delays due to current demands being faced across the infrastructure sector, construction of the first stage of the accessible path commenced last week.

Stage two is scheduled to begin early next year.