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Tuesday, 8 May 2018
Page: 3250


Mr VASTA (Bonner) (13:43): The intersection of Newnham Road and Wecker Road in Mount Gravatt East is notorious. It has recently been named by RACQ as the worst intersection in Brisbane for serious crashes and casualties, and ranks fifth-worst in Queensland. I've lost count of the number of locals who've told me about their near misses and crashes. Parents who drop off their kids at Mount Gravatt East State School have an appalling time navigating the intersection. Paramedics are being called out far too often. I've started a petition, and we are demanding action to improve safety at this dangerous black spot. I call on all levels of government to work together on a solution. I've already written to the Lord Mayor to request Brisbane City Council's assistance in improving the intersection. The petition I started last year to fix Lindum crossing generated huge community support. I believe upgrading the Newnham and Wecker roads intersection is also important, and it deserves federal funding. Over the weekend, I had a stall at the Mount Gravatt markets, and it was clear from the conversations I had with locals that this intersection needs to be fixed now. To sign my petition, visit my website or just drop into my office.