Keep the pathways clear

Read about how to help keep pathways safe for all users.

This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 51 - April 2016.

City Limits - April 2016 - issue 51 - magazine cover

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This article explains how you can help people who live with a disability move about the city by keeping the footpaths clear.

Retired medical doctor, David Squirrell, who is legally blind, has been campaigning for more than five years to make it easier for people who live with a disability to access services and facilities.

Dr Squirrell has lived in the City of Marion for 18 years.

“You can feel very vulnerable while walking a footpath that has overgrown vegetation or is obstructed by bins or badly parked cars,” Dr Squirrell said.

“Simple considerations such as cutting back vegetation, prompt removal of bins and taking care when parking cars improves safety for vulnerable people.

“You have to put yourself in other people’s shoes and imagine how you might feel if the situation was reversed.”

Dr Squirrell said the same considerations would help non-impaired people.

Here are some tips to keep footpaths near your house clear which will help people who are vision impaired, use a wheelchair or a gopher:

  • Keep the footpath clear of any overgrowing vegetation from your property by trimming branches
  • Ensure your driveway and crossover is safely maintained at all times.
  • Place your kerbside waste collection bins with consideration for pedestrian movements and retrieve as soon as possible after collection
  • Report any identified footpath hazard by contacting the City of Marion on 8375 6600

If you own a business:

  • Ensure advertising boards do not interfere with pedestrian access
  • Arrange table and chair settings so they don’t impact on pedestrians


City Limits Magazine

The City Limits Magazine is a community publication that keeps Marion residents in touch with what is happening in their community. It includes information about major projects, council initiatives and events, as well as profiles of community members.

It is published three times a year and distributed to 40,000 residents and businesses in the Marion Council area.