CALLS for a footpath on Myall Street, Tea Gardens will be answered with Great Lakes Council putting plans for the project on public exhibition.
Council's director of engineering services Ron Hartley said the need for a footpath on the arterial road had been raised as a "major issue" at recent community meetings and was supported by most residents.
"The construction of a footpath in this location appears to be the highest priority work for residents of Tea Gardens," he said.
The section of road covered by the plans extends from Myall Quays Boulevard to North Street. The plan also includes drainage, kerb and gutter upgrades.
"The works are very costly because of the need to provide drainage so it will be necessary to construct the works in stages," Mr Hartley said.
The council currently has about $300,000 available and work will start as soon as the plan is finalised.
The first stage of construction will be a footpath between Boston Street and Coupland Avenue. The council will then allocate funds over coming years and progressively complete the project.
"Council is aware of the need to construct this footpath for safety reasons" council's general manager Glenn Handford said.
"It isn't possible for council to undertake a project costing over $1 million in the current financial environment," he said.
"But the commencement of the first stage of the project demonstrates that council is listening and endeavouring to meet community needs."
The plans are on exhibition for public comment until Wednesday, May 30.