Extra funding boosts council’s new footpath plans

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20 July 2018

The number of new footpaths Orange City Council will construct in the coming 12 months has increased, following a boost in NSW Government funding.

The council has completed the first year of a four year strategy to increase its footpath budget to $1.4 million or $350,000 a year to build more concrete footpaths in residential and business areas of Orange.

Now with an extra $320,000 from the NSW Government, the council has brought forward a number of projects that were originally scheduled for 2019/20 and introduced a number of new footpath renewal projects around aged care facilities.

Orange mayor Reg Kidd is delighted work has begun on the list of new footpaths for the year.

“Last week, crews started work on this year’s list of projects at two locations in March Street,” Cr Reg Kidd sad. “We’ve made a start at these two sites near East Orange and Catherine McAuley schools during the school holidays.”

PREPARATIONS : Orange City Council's concreting crew removes a damaged bitumen footpath in March Street, before a new concrete path is put in place.

“Paths near aged care facilities are also in the spotlight. I’m pleased work has begun on a new concrete path outside the Ascott Gardens aged care facility where there was only grass before. An upgrade of the path in Summer Street outside the entrance to Wontama is also on the list along with improvements in Kite Street nearby the UnitingCare aged care facility. ”

“There’s a lot of work to do and it’s great that we can work in partnership with the state government to deliver even more upgraded footpaths.”

Orange City Council’s Infrastructure Committee Chair Cr Sam Romano said the list of locations for new footpaths is produced by the council assets management staff.

“Every footpath in Orange is routinely checked for factors like wear and tear, and damage from tree roots,” Cr Sam Romano said. “There are always difficult decisions to be made whether a new path should be built in one location or another, and there are objective criteria around the condition of the surface, the amount of foot traffic and the site’s accident history that are used to make those decisions.

“The good news is that the list of jobs for the next three years has had extra projects brought into it because of this extra funding.

“The longest new section of path this year will be a 1.2 km new path in Anson Street from Matthews Ave all the way to Douglas Place.”

The list of scheduled projects for the coming year, includes :
  • March Street, from Sale to Hill (northern and southern sides)
  • McNamara Street, Kite to Moulder (western side)
  • Byng Street, Sampson to Woodward (both sides)
  • Sale Street, from Orana to Casey (eastern side)
  • Clinton Street, from Summer to Kite (eastern side)
  • Caroline Street, from McLachlan to Edward (southern side)
  • Tobruk Crescent, a loop from Maxwell to Maxwell
  • McLachlan Street, from Byng to Summer (eastern side)
  • Sampson Street, from Prince to March (eastern side)
  • March Street, from Spring to Nile (northern side)
  • Eyles Street, from Bathurst Road to Ellard Street (western side)
  • Sale Street, from March to Byng (eastern side)
  • Anson Street, from Douglas Place to Matthews Avenue (eastern side)
  • Kite Street, Hill to Sale (southern side)
  • Summer Street, from Clinton to Sampson (northern side)
  • Sampson Street, from Summer to Byng Street (eastern side)

A map showing the location of the new work, together with footpaths completed in recent years can be found on this page.

Additional funding ($320,000) for this footpath program came from the NSW Government through the Stronger Country Communities Fund.