Charles Sturt maintains approximately 930km of paths constructed for safe and convenient walking in and along main roads, local streets and in parks and reserves.

Paths are constructed using different materials, which include clay and concrete paver's, concrete slabs and bitumen. In some places specialised surfaces are used like exposed aggregate concrete.

Charles Sturt is replacing all kerb ramps and constructing new ones to meet DDA compliant standards. This means they are not too steep so people with a mobility disability can safely travel over them.

Our Paths Asset Management Plan

We exist to provide services to our community. Some of these services are provided by infrastructure assets. We have acquired infrastructure assets by ‘purchase’, by contract, construction by our staff and by donation of assets constructed by developers and others to meet increased levels of service.

Our goal in managing infrastructure assets is to meet the defined level of service (as amended from time to time) in the most cost effective manner for present and future consumers. The key elements of infrastructure asset management are:

  • Providing a defined level of service and monitoring performance
  • Managing the impact of growth through demand management and infrastructure investment
  • Taking a life-cycle approach to developing cost-effective management strategies for the long-term that meet the defined level of service,
  • Identifying, assessing and appropriately controlling risks
  • Having a long-term financial plan which identifies required, affordable expenditure and how it will be financed.

For more details please read our Paths Asset Management Plan

How do we decide to construct a path?

Charles Sturt tries to provide a path on at least on one side of most streets.

Our Path Policy is our main guide in the decision making process, however there are ways that you can influence the process.

How can I request a path in my street?

Please submit your request for a path in writing.  The path program for the next five years has been planned, however depending on your specific circumstances; your request may be given special consideration.

If you have any further queries about paths, contact our Coordinator Transport Strategy and Assets by email or by phone on 8408 1281.

I'm doing works on the path, do I need Council approval?

Certain activities associated with development sites require approvals separate from the Development Approval process. This includes any activity which is undertaken on public land. The following is a sample of the activities which require approval from the Council prior to the work commencing:

  • Installing electrical services beneath a footpath;
  • Installing stormwater pipes (drains) beneath a footpath;
  • Placing an industrial bin or building materials on Council land;
  • Erecting a hoarding or scaffold on Council land;
  • Activities that obstruct footpaths or roadways, such as the placing of cranes or other plant equipment or the operation of a concrete pump;
  • Protecting a building site / work area;
  • Temporarily closing a road / footpath.

For more information on approval's required, head to our Public Space Occupation page.