Hornsby Heritage Steps to be Restored

By Katelynn Barnatt 22 August 2011
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Repairs are underway for historical Sydney steps.

THE HORNSBY HERITAGE STEPS have an important place in history – they were built during the Great Depression to relieve unemployment. Since then, the Steps have been used as an important link for commuters and bushwalkers accessing the Great North Walk and the Berowra Valley Regional Park.

Over the past several years, these steps have been significantly damaged by water erosion.

The Hornsby Shire Council has set up a grant-funded project to help restore the Hornsby Heritage Steps, located in Sydney.

“Stonemasons are constructing drainage to reduce erosion and ensure the long-term sustainability of the track,” said the Council’s Manager of Bushland and Biodiversity, Diane Campbell.

On 15 August, a helicopter was used to deliver building materials, including sandstone blocks, to the restoration site.

“Some of the loads weighed up to one tonne,” said Diane. “It was the safest and most practical way for us to deliver the materials.”

As part of the project, signs will be installed to help educate walkers regarding historical and environmental information about the area.

On-ground restoration works will commence at Quarry Road in Hornsby, continuing for approximately three months. The track will be open for use during this time; however, walkers will be escorted through the construction zones during working hours.