The footpath network is constructed throughout the municipality to provide appropriate pedestrian linkages to properties and public and private facilities. We continue to implement an ongoing program to provide a connected path network throughout Darwin.
Our footpath network is constructed and maintained to enable all community members equal access opportunities, including people with a disability. Council aims to provide a footpath on one side of the road in most residential areas. Where this is not possible Council provides and promotes a clear pedestrian corridor to be maintained in accordance with Council's Verge Policy.
We maintain and construct shared paths throughout the municipality to provide an accessible and connected pedestrian and cycle network which benefits commuter and recreational users.
Each year, there is a program of works to construct new or replace existing shared paths, install complementary facilities such as bicycle racks and wayfinding signage as well as undertake educational, encouragement and evaluation activities to encourage people to use this mode of transport as an alternative to vehicles.
We are committed to maintaining and improving the existing network of walkways across the municipality to ensure accessibility and amenity for the community. Walkways allow connectivity of public spaces and facilitation of an active form of travel.
The City of Darwin provides maintenance to over 200 Pedestrian Access Walkways. As bitumen degrades, walkways may be demolished and reconstructed with new reinforced concrete. PAW's are replaced based upon their current condition. Exits at each end are being improved to provide safer access and enhanced connectivity to our suburban community hubs and shared path networks.
Take a look at our projects page to see which streets are receiving upgrades this year.
In October 2023, Council adopted a revised Walkway Policy – No 7730.100.E.R. The purpose of the policy is to provide guidance for the management, disposal, or sale of City of Darwin walkways. It supports management and decisions around walkways in alignment with the City of Darwin Movement Strategy. The policy aims to provide and maintain a well-connected network of walkways that contributes to active transport and user mobility in Darwin.
Additionally, the policy considers and provides appropriate measures to minimize anti-social behaviour in and around walkways.
New footpath construction and reconstruction is determined according to the road hierarchy, town planning zones and special needs. Council's Footpath Policy provides detail around these priorities. See our projects page for more information on our ongoing program.
If you find a pathway that has a broken or cracked surface, or dislodged pavers causing a trip hazard, we can fix it.
Reporting an issue
To make an enquiry or report an issue please use the online form. For further information contact customer service:
Tel: 08 8930 0300