With the community at the core of every local initiative, the Council values feedback from residents on plans and projects.

Understanding that residents can recognise issues or potential improvements that may have otherwise gone unnoticed, Council is seeking feedback for its new Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan (PAMP), which provides a charter for footpath improvements works from 2017 to 2025.

Council’s Road Safety Officer, Ms Helen Carpenter said the 2016-17 PAMP focuses on where pedestrians travel within Ballina Shire, identifies problem locations and prioritises improvements to safety, access and mobility.

“We’re looking for local knowledge from those using the footpaths; whether on foot, on a mobility scooter, using wheelchairs or prams,” Ms Carpenter said.

Council is seeking feedback on issues such as the width and connection of footpaths, pedestrian crossing and refuges, line markings, tactile and audible facilities, kerb ramps and other fixtures such as lighting and signage.

“Once we receive and analyse community feedback, we can take the next step to prioritise improvements,” she said.

“Working together with the community allows Council to be one step ahead to ensure better pedestrian safety,”

Ballina Shire’s first PAMP was completed in 2004 and has been updated regularly as the systematic plan has been recognised for its success in leading the delivery of the upgrades to our pedestrian infrastructure and facilities. The plan has enabled the community to understand Council’s assessment of the priority of funds and it has helped Council apply and receive substantial grant funding, thus enabling an accelerated program delivery.

To have your say, visit Council’s website at www.ballina.nsw.gov.au (search for ‘PAMP’) or phone Ballina Council’s Road Safety Officer, Helen Carpenter on 6686 1427 to receive information and map pack.

Feedback should be submitted by 20 December 2016.

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