Despite its reputation as a blue-chip ward, Hamilton had the most need for footpath repairs, based on the latest data from the City Standards, Community Health and Safety committee.
From 2020 to 2021, Hamilton apparently had 72 footpath works compared to the previous year’s record of just 20. Morningside, Walter Taylor, Moorooka and Deagon also had over 50 footpath repairs and maintenance work in the same period:
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Brisbane City Council did an average of eight repairs in a day for a footpath with an average length of 16.7 meters. The 2020-2021 budget for maintenance and reconstruction of these paths was at $40 million.
To date, there are 1,104 footpaths still in need of work across Brisbane where some are scheduled for work in the 2021-2022 financial year.
According to Councillor Kim Marx, the chair of City Standards, Community Health and Safety, the repairs and maintenance that were completed do not necessarily equate to an unsafe path. However, if the area puts the residents at risk then the footpath repairs would have to be undertaken within 24 hours of the report.
During the 2019-20 financial year, Council received 111 reports on injuries incurred on uneven or broken footpaths. These injuries ranged from fractures or broken teeth, and a handful came from scooter riders and users of mobility equipment.
Residents can file a report online for a footpath in need of repair or phone Council via 07 3403 8888. Ms Marx encouraged residents to report damages immediately.