Call for community input on the Draft Footpath Lighting Strategy
10 May 2019
Council endorsed the draft strategy in April and it has now been released for public comment.
It includes a works plan developed to address community safety concerns by installing lighting on unlit footpaths to improve visibility along pedestrian networks in the suburbs.
Over the past five years, footpath lights have been installed throughout the City of Karratha, with priority given to hotspots, designated walking routes and access to community facilities.
Mayor Peter Long said footpath lighting installations were in response to feedback received in the community safety survey results.
“We know community safety is a key priority for residents with ‘walking on footpaths’ rated the highest area of concern in 2017 and third highest in 2018,” Cr Long said.
“Council listened to this feedback and allocated $200,000 per year to expand the footpath lighting network.
“By installing additional footpath lighting, residents will be able to use the walkways more safely after dark and it is hoped that lights will deter any antisocial behaviour or crime.”
The draft strategy assessed footpaths based on criteria including lighting levels, perceived crime and crime rate, connection to community facilities and footpath infrastructure.
The Draft Footpath Strategy will be advertised for public comment for 21 days.
The draft strategy is available online at https://karratha.wa.gov.au/public-notifications or can be inspected at the City of Karratha Administration Building on Welcome Road Monday-Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.
Public comment can be made in writing to the City of Karratha, PO Box 219 Karratha WA 6714 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday 31 May, 2019.