Thomas Street, Lewisham from West street to Lewisham station - Improving your street


Council will soon begin construction of new footpaths on the south side of Thomas Street, Lewisham from West street to Lewisham station.

Council is focusing on people and the places they live. Thomas Street is an inner city street with some mature street trees providing great canopy cover.

Planning for the natural environment and infrastructure, like streets and lanes, will take place concurrently so that Council can:

  • Help people move about easily
  • create more attractive places for people to live
  • contribute to a healthy environment through best practice water, tree, and biodiversity management

Council will soon begin construction of new footpaths on the south side of Thomas Street, Lewisham from West street to Lewisham station.

Council is focusing on people and the places they live. Thomas Street is an inner city street with some mature street trees providing great canopy cover.

Planning for the natural environment and infrastructure, like streets and lanes, will take place concurrently so that Council can:

  • Help people move about easily
  • create more attractive places for people to live
  • contribute to a healthy environment through best practice water, tree, and biodiversity management
  • coordinate works so there is less disruption within the street providing increased efficiency.


The plan

The new footpath will be constructed this financial year, subject to final funding allocations. Markings have already been made on the footpath indicating the extent of any proposed tree pits. As part of the work, Council will:

  • Remove and replace damaged sections of the existing concrete footpath and asphalt footpath and construct new concrete footpath on both sides of the street.
  • replace any old or damaged street signs.
  • expand the tree pits marked on site, to allow for the planting of verge gardens
  • repair any damaged existing private stormwater lines leading from your property (between the front boundary and gutter) within the area of work
  • plant two new trees
  • work with residents who are interested in creating and maintaining a landscaped verge garden – see photo adjacent for typical example
  • coordinate any replacement or repairs you may wish to make to your driveway (if you have one) while contractors are working in your street (see below)
  • send you notice of the works and more information prior to works commencing.

You can view the design plan here


Driveway replacement options

There is an opportunity for householders to replace their driveways at the same time as Council contractors are constructing the new footpaths. The process is different depending on whether householders would a) like to pay Council contractors to do the work or b) bring in their own contractors.

a) For householders who would like to pay for Council contractors to do the work at the same time as they replace the footpaths

1. Request initial approval by submitting this form to Council by Wednesday 14 October 2015

Council’s Request for Approval for Vehicular Access (driveway Step 1)

2. In most cases approval is granted, and householders can then liaise directly with Council’s Contractor who will supply a quote on request. Council’s contractor details will be provided following approval of your application.

b) For householders who would like to bring their own contractors in to do the work at the same time as Council contractors replace the footpaths

1. Request initial approval by submitting this form to Council by Wednesday 14 October 2015

Council’s Request for Approval for Vehicular Access (driveway Step 1)

2. In most cases approval is granted and then this form should be filled in and submitted

Council’s Application for Construction of Vehicle Crossing and Civil Works (driveway Step 2)

The forms can be submitted in person at Council's Admin Centre, 2-14 Fisher St, Petersham or by email, fax - (02) 9335 2029 or mailed to Marrickville Council, PO Box 14, Petersham NSW 2049.


Driveways - who does what?

Under Section 218 of the Roads Act 1993, the property owner is responsible for a driveway and is liable for all construction and maintenance costs from property boundary to the road. As part of Council’s works we will repair sections of driveways, which have been damaged due to a utility service restoration or a Council tree. Any other damage to a driveway is the responsibility of the property owner.


Do you have any queries about driveway replacement options?

Please call William Truong, Council’s Senior Engineer Graduate Engineer, Works and Service Management on 8595 2412


What happens next?

Get in touch with Council using the form below before Wednesday 14 October 2015 if you are interested in:

  • making comment on the design or other elements of the street

  • creating and maintaining a new verge garden/s in your street


Any further questions?

For specific enquiries about this project contact Council’s Senior Engineer, Investigation & Design Ms Ranji Nadarajah on 9335 2211.

Submission form S4800-02:RN