Newnham Rd And Wecker Rd Intersection Upgrades Now Complete

After nearly a year of on-road construction works, the intersection of Newnham Rd and Wecker Rd in Mount Gravatt East is now fully operational for all road users. 

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A new right-turn lane was constructed on Newnham Rd with a dedicated right-turn arrow to fully control the right turn from Newnham Rd into Wecker Rd.

Brisbane City Council installed an additional right turn lane from Wrecker Rd into Newnham Rd and a signalised pedestrian crossing on the left-turn slip lane on Newnham Rd.

Footpaths, shared paths, and crossing facilities at the traffic lights were also improved as part of the project.

The Newnham Road and Wecker Road intersection is an important junction in Brisbane’s major road network, with approximately 35,000 vehicles, 474 buses, 55 cyclists and 186 pedestrians passing each day.

Councillor Krista Adams, Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner, Bonner MP Ross Vasta, and Cr Ryan Murphy came to see the finishing touches on the upgrade of Newnham & Wecker Rd (Photo credit: Cr Ryan Murphy/Facebook)

The intersection upgrade was jointly funded by the local government through the Better Roads for Brisbane program and the Australian government, which committed $12 million as part of the Urban Congestion Fund.

The project aims to improve connectivity in the area, particularly for pedestrians and cyclists, whilst reducing traffic congestion and improving travel time reliability.

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Following these upgrades, Council is preparing for the construction of a new pedestrian and cycle bridge in Graham Lord Park over the next few weeks, which is also part of the project.

Works for the pedestrian and cyclist bridge is expected to be complete in early 202, weather and site conditions permitting, and will be carried out on weekdays between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

To get the latest update about the upcoming works in Graham Lord Park, visit

Grab a Cup and Get to Know the Story Behind The Coffee

Who doesn’t enjoy sharing stories over coffee? Well, here’s one interesting and sweet tale behind the new Mount Gravatt East hole in the wall cafe, Story Behind The Coffee. 

Owner Danilo Ramon Jovero Jr opened Story Behind The Coffee in September 2020 with his partner as their first business venture together. Mr Jovero followed the love of his life in Australia in April 2019.

Mr Jovero said that he’s passionate about his five-year relationship as much as he’s passionate about coffee and he’s roasting only the best coffee beans at his cafe — the award-winning Coffee Mentality

Mr Jovero and the Coffee Mentality group work with sustainable and ethical coffee growers from the Philippines.

Photo Credit: Facebook
Photo Credit: Facebook

Quality coffee and quality service are what drives the owner to come to his store every day and hear other people’s stories. Aside from selling bags of specialty coffee beans to take home, this cafe also has a variety of syrups — in white chocolate, butterscotch or Irish cream — to mix with a hot or cold cup.

Story Behind The Coffee took over the spot of a former grocery store on Broadwater Road and turned the fit-out into a classic black and white cafe. 

Photo Credit: Facebook

To learn more about their opening hours and coffee blends, follow the Facebook Page

“Open at good hours ie 6 am on a weekend. Coffee is really nice tasting and the barista is super lovely. Decor lovely- would be nice in winter when the weather isn’t hot n humid!”

Edwina L

“Fantastic coffee shop. Some of the best coffee I’ve ever had and the owners are super warm and friendly people, “the story” behind the coffee is really cute too. 10/10 recommended”

Winston Timmermans

“Great to have a local hole in the wall! Dog friendly is a big plus as well.”

Bruce Muir

Ex Mayor Graham Quirk Starts New Career on Archiva St, Mount Gravatt East

Karalis pull off coup for Mt Gravatt.

For exactly eight years to the day, Graham Quirk was the figurehead and face of the Brisbane City Council. His presentation skills on TV were always smooth and unflustered, finding words in challenging situations and delivering clear communication.

Now at the age of 62, having stepped down as mayor, Quirk is forging a new career path using his communication skills and his new career launches at Mt Gravatt this Saturday.

Whilst Brisbane doesn’t have the Property Auction culture that Melbourne has, there are still thousands of homes sold under the hammer each year. The changed selling conditions often suit vendors as well as buyers, and auctions are growing around the city. Mt Gravatt, however, doesn’t have a huge history of property auctions.

This Saturday, August 31, Quirk will begin his auctioneering career at 6 Archiva Street, Mount Gravatt East, a 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom home on 618sqm. The auction will take place on site at 12.30 p.m.

6 Archiva Street, Mount Gravatt East auction

Michael Sunderland of Karalis Real Estate is handling the sale of the property.

“When we were asked to handle the sale of 6 Archiva St, having been in Mount Gravatt real estate since 1994 and dealt with many politicians, I thought that becoming Graham Quirk’s first auction would be very beneficial for both the property and the Mount Gravatt area as we expect TV camera crews from the major broadcasters as well as a big crowd to witness real estate history on Saturday,” says Sunderland.

Karalis opened their doors just over a year ago on the Logan Road and are establishing a name for themselves.

“He’ll be a brilliant auctioneer,” says town planner Ken Ryan.

“He’s done many charity auctions over the years, all over the city, his presentation skills were what set him apart in his years as Mayor, he’s a very down to earth communicator,” Ryan added.

6 Archiva Street, Mount Gravatt East, changed hands for $93,000 in 1987, $169,000 in 1997, $207,000 in 1999 and $380,000 in 2003. Saturday’s auction to be in the $800,000’s plus range though agents are not allowed to estimate an auction’s likely outcome.

12.30 on Saturday, real estate history in Mount Gravatt.

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

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.

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.

Turn Your Creativity Into Beautiful Works Of Glass Art In Mount Gravatt

Unleash your creative side by making glass art. The Rocketfrog Stained Glass Studios in Mount Gravatt East offers an array of workshops that you can participate in to hone your glass art-making skills.

Photo credit: Rocketfrog Stained Glass and Mosaic Studios / Facebook

The studio is owned by glass art expert Jet Carroll who has a BA in Architectural Glass. Since 1991, she has been following her passion and now she has opened her studio to teach other individuals interested in making such art.

From 8-10 June, she will be holding glass fusing classes that will teach all the basic skills to put creative ideas into a magnificent piece of glass.

The glass fusing classes are as follows:

  • 8 June – 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • 9 June – 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • 10 June – 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

This is the ideal workshop for beginners and is also a great date idea if you’re looking for fun and creative activities to do.

During these classes, you will be able to make your own coasters, sun catchers and many more. Your artworks will be kiln-fired and will be ready for collection the following week.

Photo credit: Rocketfrog Stained Glass and Mosaic Studios / Facebook

The fee for the classes per person is $110. Call 0421 063 369 to book.

Address: Ginahgulla St., Mount Gravatt East, Brisbane Queensland, Australia 4122