Fitness facilities step up to meet demand

The stairs at Blacks Beach are one of the region’s most challenging fitness obstacles.

The staircase, which is located at the end of Camilleri Street and traverses down into

Blacks Beach Park, features 72 individual steps covering a 20.5 metre incline.

They have become a staple for boot camps and fitness classes in the area. However, the stairs have deteriorated in recent years.

North Coast and Beaches locality councillor Ross Gee said an upgrade was scheduled to start tomorrow (Tuesday, April 10).

He said the work was expected to take 12 weeks to complete, weather permitting.

“The stairs will be replaced with pre-fabricated steps constructed from composite fibre, which is both fire proof and cyclone rated.

“They will have a similar look to wood. However, they will be easy to maintain and will not require regular painting or treatment with oil.

“More importantly, they will improve safety and make exercising on the stairs a more enjoyable experience.

“The work will also include the construction of an upper level viewing platform that will be able to be accessed via ramps.”

Other work being carried out at Blacks Beach Park on Bourke Street will include the installation of an all-abilities beach access ramp, a new path and a beach shower fitted with a drinking bubbler and dog bowl.

A new picnic setting will also be installed beside the sheltered playground.

The upgrades are part of a larger plan for Blacks Beach, which involves expanding on the existing infrastructure at Camilleri Street Park to provide additional facilities, such as public toilets, barbecues and new facilities catering to older children and teenagers in the area.

Residents are invited to attend a community update on the Camilleri Street Park Project on Wednesday, April 18, from 5pm to 7pm at Blacks Beach Tavern.

They will be able to learn more about the master plan and other projects taking place at Blacks Beach.

The upgrade of the Blacks Beach stairs has been funded by the Queensland Government’s $200 million Works for Queensland program.