Using ACT Government data from their portal and 2017 ACT Auditor General report, canberra.bike has estimated that the maintenance cost on the ACT Government concrete paths will lie between $302-683 million by 2030. The ACT Auditor General recommends making provisions for this.
In the 1970s, most children took themselves to school. The past is another land and people live there differently. The congestion now within a kilometre of a primary school confirms that most children are chauffeured to school. Here is one study on active travel on the topic.
The ACT active travel standards have a minimum path width of 2.5 m. The reality is that many of the community paths are much narrower than this. Only 19% of the paths in the ACT are 2.5 m or wider (strategic paths). The most common path width is 1.2 m and makes up 54% of the 3106 km in the ACT. Many suburban streets, however, have no paths at all on the verge and pedestrians walk on the road, which is also often safer for the elderly due to lack of path maintenance.
Where are the schools around Whitlam? Whitlam will, for a time, remain isolated at the end of the Molonglo valley. Schools are particularly important as the children living in Whitlam have to go to school somewhere. A full list of schools can be found on the ACT Government Open Data Portal.