THE City of Greater Bendigo council built only two footpaths last financial year, and both of them were in the CBD.
Council widened and repaired footpaths in Queen and Mitchell streets last year at a cost of about $700,000.This year, council will spend more than $1 million, the most ever, on building or extending
nine footpaths across the municipality.
Council spent $628,500 on 12 footpath projects in 2009-10, and $805,500 on nine projects in 2010-11.Last financial year it spent $684,000 on only two projects,
and this financial year it plans to spend $1.093m on nine footpath projects.
Council Assets, Planning and Design manager Brett Martini said this year’s focus will be on residential footpaths.
“Those two projects (last year) were more expensive than traditional footpaths in residential areas,” he said.
“We will be spending more on footpaths this year than in any other year in my time here.
“They are more residential streets and community footpaths.
“The projects are back in line with what we have had traditionally.”
Mr Martini said the change in focus was in line with community expectation.
“There is more of a view from councillors and the executive that this is one of the projects the community is keen on and keen to see us do a lot more,” he said.“This year’s program reflects this is one of the tangible things people are requesting.”