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Footpath Program

Workers cementing a footpath

We recognise the importance of providing pedestrian access for our community and generally allocate $500,000 per annum to deliver new footpaths throughout our region. This budget typically allows for the completion of about 1km of new footpaths each year. We also generally allocate $220,000 annually for the maintenance of our existing footpaths.

In addition to this, Council partners with community organisations, developers and other levels of government to help fund footpaths. These footpaths include pedestrian footpaths as well as shared paths for both cyclists and pedestrians. 

In 2019-2020 financial year, the following footpaths are planned:

Region  Length Footpath Location Status 
Port Macquarie 150m Hill Street, from Parker Street to Lake Road  NOT STARTED
Lakewood  700m Ocean Drive, from Brotherglen Drive to Sirius Drive
(50% funded by the NSW Government)
 IN PROGRESS
Telegraph Point  800m Mooney Street, from Telegraph Point Public School to Log Wharf  IN PROGRESS

The map below shows the placement of where the footpaths listed above will be. If you cannot view this map in your browser, please click this link to open in a new window. 

How does Council determine where new footpaths will go?

To coordinate investment in safe, convenient and connected pedestrian routes, we've developed Pedestrian and Accessibility Mobility Plans (PAMPs) for Wauchope, Laurieton, Beechwood, Comboyne, Long Flat, North Shore, Port Macquarie and Telegraph Point as well as the Port Macquarie Bike Plan. These plans provide a framework for improving the level of pedestrian access across the region by identifying and addressing high priority issues. 

We allocate priorities to new footpath works on the basis of safety, construction cost, traffic volume on adjacent roads, connectivity with other paths, proximity to town centres, shops, schools, medical facilities, recreation areas and whether it’s part of a bigger construction project.

Requests for new footpaths

Each year we receive more requests for the construction of new footpaths than we are able to fund. In line with the PAMP’s and Bike Plan, we prioritise these requests according to the above mentioned criteria. This priority management system allows us to direct available funding to the areas that need it most and to provide a footpath network that meets the current and future needs of our community. 

If you believe there is an area in your community that requires a footpath, please report it using our report an issue form.

Constructed footpaths 2014 - 2019

In the past five years, we’ve constructed about 5.14km of new footpaths throughout our region. These include 1.91km in the Camden Haven, Kew and Kendall areas, 840m in the Wauchope and Telegraph Point areas and 2.39km in Port Macquarie.
Note that these footpath lengths do not include developer works or footpath works as part of road upgrades which also add to the footpath network.

This page was last updated on: 27 September 2019