The Council agreed to a long-term vision of delivering a new footpath to every street in Ku-ring-gai at its meeting recently.

The vote to boost footpath funding came as a result of a notice of motion from Cr Martin Smith. In its draft budget and capital works program for the 2022-2023 financial year, the Council had originally earmarked $537,000 to be spent on building new footpaths starting in July. An overall maintenance budget for footpaths was set at $5.2 million.

According to Cr Smith, these figures would mean only six new footpaths could be built under the 2022-2023 budget.

Cr Smith’s notice of motion outlined an assessment of Ku-ring-gai’s streets had estimated an additional 268km of footpaths were required to ensure every street had at least one footpath.

Following debate Councillors voted to adopt a recommendation that all future budgets for new footpaths be increased to $1.25 million, until every street in Ku-ring-gai has at least one footpath. Funding for the new footpaths will come from the overall footpath budget.

Many community members have concerns over safety with a lack of footpaths – especially for children, mothers with prams and senior citizens. (Image: RACV)

Speaking after the meeting Mayor Jeff Pettett said the Council was in broad agreement that footpaths were a priority for the community.

“The goal of having a new footpath built on every local street is a worthwhile one to aim for, as long as the Council can balance the need for ongoing maintenance and upgrades.”

The Mayor said that the new funding for footpaths would be included in the draft budget and capital works program for public exhibition throughout May.

“The public exhibition is the community’s opportunity to have a say how their rates are spent and what the priorities are.”

The 2022-2023 budget, fees and charges and capital works program will be on public exhibition from 3 May to 30 May at

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