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Published 23 February 2018

More than 31 kilometres of new footpath has been rolled out across the City of Tea Tree Gully since 1 July 2016.

The investment in suburban infrastructure has been made possible thanks to the State Government committing $3 million over three years to Council’s footpath construction program, which was matched dollar-for-dollar by the City of Tea Tree Gully, taking the total project budget to $6 million.

The current program, which has one more year left to run, forms part of Council’s long term plans to build a footpath down one side of the majority of the City’s streets.

Mayor Kevin Knight said the massive undertaking to create an additional 220km of footpaths is expected to be completed by about 2035 at an estimated cost of $42 million.

“The State Government’s funding boost has put our overall program ahead of schedule,” he said.

“To date, feedback has been extremely positive and the benefits to our community have been clear, with improved accessibility and road safety.

“An added benefit has been the creation of up to about 20 jobs over the three-year period, with the positions offered to local people where possible,” Mayor Knight said.

A further 8km of new footpath is planned for construction during the 2018–2019 financial year.