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Lord Mayor delivers safer footpaths

26 September, 2011

The number of cracked footpaths in Brisbane has dropped by over 1000 kilometres in just two years thanks to the Lord Mayor’s record investment in footpath maintenance, new figures revealed today.

Council’s latest audit of the city’s footpaths showed the length of footpaths considered a possible trip hazard fell from 411 kilometres in 2009, when the audit was last released, to 324 kilometres in 2011.

The same figures also show that the length of footpaths with minor cracking fell from 2294 kilometres in 2009 to 1436 kilometres in 2011.

As a result of the above improvements, the length of footpaths in Brisbane rated in good condition has increased by over 1000 kilometres in the last two years from 1452 kilometres in 2009 to 2521 in 2011.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said that while he would like to see those numbers even lower, it was clear his team’s record investment in footpath maintenance was paying off.

“In the last three years we have more than doubled our spending on footpath maintenance to $26 million and I think it’s clearly made a difference in making Brisbane’s footpaths safer,” Cr Quirk said.

“I also expect Brisbane residents will begin to notice more and more new footpaths around the city with this administration’s ramp up of spending in this area to $9 million a year.

“That’s more than quadruple the paltry $1.89 million a year that Labor was spending on new footpaths when they were last in power.”

The Newman/Quirk administration has more-than-tripled spending on footpath maintenance from $11.3 million in 2008/09, when the last footpath audit was released, to $26 million in 2010/11.

This period also saw the introduction of footpath funds for each local councillor that puts them in direct charge of where new footpaths are built in their ward in a bid to take the politics out of the issue.

As a result, this year Council will spend a total of $9 million on new footpaths, with about $300,000 to go each councillor.

Overall Lord Mayor Graham Quirk will spend $35 million on the city’s footpaths this year.

Cr Quirk was the Council’s Infrastructure Chairman immediately prior to becoming Lord Mayor, which included directly overseeing the delivery of these footpath improvements.

When Labor was last in power in 2003/04 they spend just $8 million on footpath maintenance and only $1.89 million on new footpaths.

Labor’s policy promise to deliver $70 million worth of new footpaths if they win the March 2012 election already has a budget black hole of at least $50 million after the ALP was exposed for grossly underestimating the cost of building the length of footpaths they have promised.

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