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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 and shared paths for the enjoyment of both cyclists and pedestrians. 

In the 2020/2021 financial year, the following footpaths are planned:

Region  Length Footpath Location Status 
Comboyne  150m Hill Street, Comboyne Public School to Pioneer Park
(West side)
Laurieton  200m Lord Street - Tunis Street, missing links Tunis Street to Seymour Street (East side)


Port Macquarie  50m  Ackroyd Street, missing links Gore Street to Hollingworth Street (North side)


Port Macquarie  130m Gore Street, missing links Ackroyd Street to Growers Market Driveway; and Ackroyd Street to Table Street   COMPLETED
Port Macquarie  15 Hollingworth Street, missing links Gordon Street to Ackroyd Street (West side) COMPLETED
Port Macquarie  165m Burrawan Street, Lord Street to Owen Street (North side) COMPLETED
Port Macquarie  14m Lord Street, adjacent to 73 Lord Street  COMPLETED
Port Macquarie  30m William Street, missing links Grant Street to Joffre Street (North side) COMPLETED
Port Macquarie  70m  William Street, Joffre Street to Lord Street (North side)  COMPLETED
Port Macquarie  35m Central Road, 175 Lake Road to Lake Road roundabout (East side) COMPLETED 
Port Macquarie 70m 16-18 Highfields Circuit COMPLETED  
Wauchope  150m Bain street, Hastings Street to Cameron Street (North side) COMPLETED

The following footpaths received funding through the Federal Governments $1.8m Roads and Community Infrastructure Program:

 Region   Length  Footpath Location   Status
North Haven 260m The Parade, Ocean Street to Surf Club car park (North West side) COMPLETED
Laurieton  120m Lake Street, missing links Tunis Street to Seymour Street (West side)  COMPLETED
Kendall 50m Comboyne Street to Graham Street connection to Kendall Services Club  Expected completion - September 2021
Comboyne  180m Hill Street, Pioneer Park to Main Street (West side) COMPLETED
Wauchope  160m Parker Street, Wauchope High School to Bain Street (West side) COMPLETED
Port Macquarie  200m Rushcutter Way, Moondara Terrace to Bangalay Drive  COMPLETED
Port Macquarie  320m Major Innes Road, Braeroy Drive to The Ruins Way (East side) COMPLETED
Port Macquarie  35m Watonga Street, Connection to Matthew Flinders Drive   Expected completion - December 2021

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 PAMPs 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 completed as part of road upgrades which also add to the footpath network.

This page was last updated on: 30 September 2021