Walk this way! Our footpaths could stretch to Townsville

MAINTENANCE and expansion of more than 1000km of footpath will cost the Sunshine Coast Council nearly $3 million this financial year.

At least half of that amount has been spent so far this calendar year on replacing footpaths that were beyond repair.

The council has about 1190km of footpaths to look after - enough pavement to stretch all the way to Townsville.

A council spokesman said the council's footpath network was regularly inspected to identify potential hazards.

A regular maintenance program was underway to keep paths in good order, although the council also followed up requests from the public, he said.

Tree roots and cars are the biggest enemies of footpaths.

The spokesman said the usage of footpaths governed the frequency of inspections.

The council was focused on improving safety on footpaths near schools, he said.

Sunshine Coast Daily followers on Facebook came up with some surprisingly prominent foothpaths when asked to nominate problem spots.

Rae Howell nominated "all of Caloundra" while Chelcie Tamaira said she saw an elderly woman fall on the uneven brick footpath near the paid parking spaces outside the Caloundra library.

Hannah Edwards said the footpath from Tewantin to Ward Park was a problem.

Dishonourable mentions also went to Currie St at Nambour, Stillwater Dr at Twin Waters, Bulcock St at Caloundra, Erang St at Currimundi, and the Eudlo Ck bridge between the Waterfront Hotel and Fishermans Rd.

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