Mount Gravatt East $12 Million Newnham and Wecker Roads Upgrade Secured

Photo Credit: Ross Vasta MP

Residents using the Newnham and Wecker Road intersection in Mount Gravatt East can breathe a sigh of relief as the funding to fix this accident-prone area has been secured.

Federal Member Ross Vasta (Bonner) shared the good news to his constituents in a post on his Facebook page. Mr Vasta also confirmed that the $12 million funding from the government has been delivered.

“After getting 2000 signatures on my petition to fix it I delivered it straight to the PM & now we’re fully funding the much needed upgrade at this local accident hotspot!” Mr Vasta posted.

Photo Credit: Facebook/rossvastamp

Newnham and Wecker Roads have been cited as one of Queensland’s most dangerous intersections with seven serious crashes and nine casualties between 2014 and 2017. Passing this road is a risk for many families whose children attend the Mt Gravatt East State School on the corner of Wecker Road.

“Near misses and crashes are all too common at Newnham/Wecker Rd. Parents are trying to drop their young children at the school on the corner and having to deal with this mess, while paramedics are constantly being called out to accidents,” said Mr Vasta.

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Mr Vasta personally took Urban Infrastructure Minister Alan Tudge to the hotspot last October to show why fixing this intersection is a priority. Mr Tudge said he’ll work with the Brisbane City Council to come up with solutions that will benefit hundreds of commuters that pass these roads every day.

As of 31 Jan 2019, the Mount Gravatt East road upgrades were included in Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s $1 billion Urban Congestion Fund for various infrastructure projects.