What is the Improving our Footpaths project?

    The Improving our Footpaths project is a new initiative which will assess and improve footpath connectivity, mobility and safety within the City of Holdfast Bay. There are two phases to the project which included a full audit of 313 km of footpaths, followed by immediate repair works.

    How much does council spend on footpath maintenance each year?

    The council allocates $472,000 annually for the regular and continual maintenance and footpath repairs.

    How much will this project cost?

    Council allocated an additional $200,000 in 2019/2020 for the Improving our Footpaths project to take place.

    How was the footpath audit undertaken?

    In October 2019, a footpath audit was undertaken by an external consultant specialist using high-tech quad bikes which recorded and assessed the condition of the footpaths. The quad-bikes were operated by certified pavement inspectors who travelled the footpaths at a brisk walking pace.

    When did the audit take place?

    The audit commenced on 8 October 2019 and was completed by 28 October 2019.

    When will the footpath repairs start?

    Council staff have already undertaken repair works as part of ongoing maintenance and footpath repairs. The results of the full footpath audit were used to schedule additional footpath repair works with immediate priority given to areas that pose a significant risk to public safety. Repair works began in November 2020 at the end of the audit.

    How will ratepayers be informed about the audit and repair works?

    Updates about the project will be available on the Your Holdfast website Improving Footpaths page.These will be regularly updated, as footpath repair works continue.

    Where can I find out more information?

    Residents can keep updated on the project via the Your Holdfast website - yourholdfast.com/improving-footpaths