Road Safety

How we're improving safety on roads

We regularly inspect and maintain our assets, including footpaths, roads, and parking signs. Find out what we do and how you can report issues.

In Darebin the footpaths, kerbs and channels, roads, line and road markings, traffic and parking signs, barriers and street lights are inspected and maintained.

Footpath repairs

Footpaths are inspected every two years and a small percentage of high risk sections are inspected annually. Faults or damage are then recorded and scheduled for repair. The most common damages reported are:

  • Uneven surfaces
  • Cracks
  • Tripping hazards
  • Overgrown plants/trees
  • Potholes

To report damage to a footpath please contact Customer Service on 03 8470 8888.

Kerb and channel repairs

Kerbs and channels are inspected annually and any faults or damage are then recorded and scheduled for repair. The most common damages reported are:

  • Broken kerbs
  • Missing kerbs
  • Water ponding
  • Subsided kerbs

To report any kerb or channel damage please contact Customer Service on 03 8470 8888.

Minor road repairs

Roads are inspected every 6, 12 and 24 months according to traffic volume and risk factors. Faults and damage are then recorded and scheduled for repair. The most common damages reported are:

  • Potholes
  • Cracks
  • Deterioration of surface

To report any damage to roads please contact Customer Service on 03 8470 8888.

Traffic and parking sign repair

Inspections of all traffic and parking signs within Darebin are conducted on a regular basis. Any faults or damages are then recorded and scheduled for repair or replacement. Common damages reported are:

  • Missing signs
  • Damaged signs
  • Signs with poor visibility

To report any damage to signs please contact Customer Service on 03 8470 8888.

Line and road markings

Inspections are conducted regularly and any faults or damage are then recorded and scheduled for repair or maintenance. Most common damage reported is poorly visible lines. To report any damage please contact Customer Service on 03 8470 8888.

Street furniture repairs

Street Furniture includes:

  • Rubbish bins
  • Bollards
  • Seats
  • Barriers
  • Fences

These are inspected regularly and any faults or damage are then reported and scheduled for repair or replacement. To report damage please contact Customer Service on 03 8470 8888.

Street lights

Street lights in Darebin are owned and maintained by the electricity distributors listed below. Electricity distributors inspect street lights regularly to determine maintenance requirements in accordance with Victoria’s Public Lighting Code. Lights are no longer installed in laneways, to protect private property or where they will not operate effectively.

You can report street light faults directly to these companies below.

Faults in Preston, Reservoir, Kingsbury, Fairfield & Alphington*
Jemena – 13 16 26 or customerrelations@jemena.com.au or via the Jemena website

[* Fairfield and Alphington north of Edwin and Chingford Streets contact CitiPower and Powercor – see below]

Faults in Northcote and Thornbury
Citipower and Powercor- 13 12 80 or info@citipower.com.au or via the CitiPower and Powercor website

Faults in Bundoora and MacLeod
AusNet Services - 13 17 99 or streetlight@ausnetservices.com.au

When reporting a fault, please state the number on the lighting pole or address of the property it is in front of.

Where a distributor does not repair a public light within two business days of a fault report or a period otherwise agreed between the distributor and the person who reported it, it must pay the first person who reported the fault a minimum of $10 if that person is the occupier of an immediately neighbouring residence or is the proprietor of an immediately neighbouring business. If the light is reported by someone not neighbouring the light, it will take longer to be fixed.

M80 Ring Road upgrade

The M80 Ring Road upgrade may affect traffic from the Princes Freeway at Laverton North to the Greensborough Highway at Greensborough. This project is being managed by VicRoads.