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 March 2015, Council adopted a revised Walkway Policy - No 056. The policy was developed in response to concerns expressed regarding anti-social behaviour in walkways. The purpose of the policy is to provide guidance in relation to the management of City of Darwin's walkways.
Under the policy, walkways that are currently closed will remain closed, those that are open will stay open and those that have current night time closures will continue to operate in that way.
We will continue to work closely with residents, relevant authorities and stakeholders to address public safety issues rather than closing more walkways. We will also review closed walkways to determine their most appropriate long term use.
Proposal to divest of (sell) permanently closed public walkways
City of Darwin is proposing to sell a number of public walkways in the Karama area, following requests from adjacent residents to purchase the land.
Each of the identiﬁed walkways have been closed for a number of years as a result of antisocial behaviour and all walkways have been assessed as not to be reopened in the future.
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