New figures released by Brisbane City Council paint a dire picture for the condition of the river city’s footpaths.
In the 2019-20 financial year, Council only replaced 38 broken footpaths but temporarily fixed more than 1,500.
Just 101 new footpaths were installed where they previously didn’t exist, despite 6,200 streets still not having any concrete footpaths.
So far only 20% of all Brisbane streets have a complete footpath.
Leader of the Opposition Jared Cassidy says the figures are appalling.
“More than 1,500 quick fixes and only 38 actual replacements of broken and dangerous footpaths is unacceptable,” Cr Cassidy said.
“This Lord Mayor’s idea of fixing footpaths is pouring bitumen on cracks, but that often creates more of a tripping hazard,”
“What’s really needed is the proper replacement of cracked and dangerous footpaths, not Bitumen Band-Aids.”
The figures also revealed it costs around $250 per square metre to construct new footpaths in our suburbs.
“Such small, simple and cheap upgrades, like new footpaths, can dramatically improve a suburb’s liveability, Cr Cassidy said.
“In the midst of this crisis we need to be building and reconstructing more footpaths, they are shovel ready projects and will create jobs now.”