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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. 

The new 2019-2020 footpath program is currently being planned and will be available on our website soon. 

In 2018-2019 financial year, the following footpaths are planned:

Region  Length Footpath Location Status 
Kew 100m Kendall Road near Homedale Road  COMPLETED
North Haven  300m The Parade between Edith Street and Ocean Street  COMPLETED
North Haven  300m Ocean Drive between Bridge Street and Adeline Street  COMPLETED
Port Macquarie 130m Central Road from Parklands Village to the Lifeline shop  COMPLETED
Port Macquarie 150m Hill Street, from Parker Street to Condon Avenue  COMPLETED
Port Macquarie 230m Hastings River Drive and Newport Island Road (part of new roundabout project at this intersection)  COMPLETED
Port Macquarie 280m Lighthouse Road from Davis Crescent  to Lighthouse (50% funded by the Federal Government)    COMPLETED

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 - 2018

In the past four years, we’ve constructed about 3.65km of new footpaths throughout our region. These include 1.21km in the Camden Haven, Kew and Kendall areas, 840m in the Wauchope and Telegraph Point areas and 1.6km 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: 05 September 2019