What are the benefits of installing footpaths?

The installation of footpaths benefit the community by:

  • Enhancing accessibility.
  • Providing pedestrians with a safe place to walk.
  • Connecting to the existing footpaths and footpath network.
  • Linking to the City's reserves and facilities in the area.
  • Promotes a more accessible and inclusive community.

What will happen if the project progresses to construction?

If the project is progressed, the designs will be finalised and forwarded to the City's construction team. This team and/or contractors will undertake the work.  Prior to any work commencing a 10-day notification letter is sent to all affected residents and/or property owners advising of a commencement date. This letter also includes details of:

  • the project stages and the potential impacts
  • any impacts on verges including irrigation systems, trees and other plants
  • any impacts to driveways and crossovers
  • the project time-frames and hours of work
  • safety measures
  • access arrangements to the properties
  • who to contact.

In addition, City staff and contractors will be onsite to talk to residents and/or property owners throughout the process. The community engagement page will also be updated with project details.


What is the footpath constructed of? What will the footpath look like?

All footpaths in residential areas are concrete.  Brick pavements are constructed along Stirling Highway and in commercial and mixed density areas.

Are the trees going to be affected?

The City has a policy in relation to maintaining trees. The City has tried to retain as many trees as possible. However, some trees will need to be removed and replaced or pruned for the construction of the footpath.

What are the benefits of property boundary footpaths and kerbside footpaths?

Property Boundary Footpath

For:

  • Increased pedestrian safety due to buffer zone between pedestrians and the road
  • No loss of trees or vegetation (maintaining greenway)

Against:

  • Relocation of obstacles
  • Increased costs associated with reinstatement of reticulation

Kerb side footpath

For:

  • Ease of construction
  • Reduction in loss of amenity to residential green space and nature strip

Against

  • Loss of trees and vegetation
  • May be accessed by cars for parking
  • Waste bin collection bins will render path inaccessible on bin days
  • No buffer zone between cars and pedestrian