In the minds of urban designers, the footpaths are designed and built with a particular material. On day 1 it looks lovely. But some utility needs to be repaired, and works need to be done, so the bricks in the footpaths are ripped out. They are never properly restored, asphalt is somehow sufficient replacement. And the lovely footpath becomes a public shame. Some photos below from walks in Parramatta and Merrylands, but this problem is pervasive throughout Sydney.
The utilities are responsible for the footpath destruction, why are they not responsible for restoration?
Update: The obscure NSW Streets Opening Coordination Council (SOCC) is responsible for setting standards, generally local councils are supposed to agree with utilities about this. It is unclear who is obligated to pay based on a naive reading of the Guide to Codes and Practices for Streets Opening.