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We estimate that three in ten local Canberra streets has no footpaths, and that Canberra's network of on-road cycle lanes, off-road shared community paths and footpaths reaches only half of Canberra homes.

If the nature strip is obstructed, if the grass is too wet to walk on, or if the wheels of a baby stroller won't roll over the grass, you may walk along the street facing oncoming traffic that does not have to give way to you. Vertical kerbs make it difficult to move a baby stroller out of the way of an approaching vehicle. After 40 years, the ACT Government agreed to put a footpath along the Campbell street shown above. According to the 2012 ACT Budget, the ACT Government will cease funding footpath construction and maintenance from 2013.

You can make your nature strip a beautiful place for your neighbours to walk, by complying with the following ACT Government requirements:

For more information, see the ACT Government's Territory and Municipal Services Nature strips and rain gardens page.

Management of nature strips is controlled under Section 19 of the Public Unleased Land Act 2013.

Does your street need a footpath? Send an online request through Access Canberra.
Please also send us an email to let us know that you have made a request, and so that we can put you in contact with other people who want a footpath in your street.

To find out how the process works, we submitted a footpath request on 1 February 2010. The footpath was built in July 2016 Click here for more information on the process.