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City of Sydney wins damages appeal after woman injured on step

The City of Sydney Council was not required to have installed a reflective yellow strip to warn of a step between a walkway and a raised pavement, a Court of Appeal majority has held.

The decision means the council was not required to install a reflective strip to warn of the stairs.

The decision means the council was not required to install a reflective strip to warn of the stairs.Credit:Alamy

Last week the council was successful in appealing a District Court decision that held it liable for damages when 57-year-old Karen Bishop tripped in Potts Point in 2003, severely injuring herself.

Ms Bishop had been walking through Llankelly Place, Potts Point, on the evening of January 31, 2013, towards Kings Cross rail station, when she stepped from a walkway to a raised footpath. She fell and suffered debilitating injuries.

In a District Court judgment delivered last June, Ms Bishop established that the City of Sydney Council had breached a duty of care toward her, and was liable for more than $1 million in damages, subsequently lowered to $750,000.

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