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Local Upper Mt Gravatt schools to lodge funding application for community benefit.

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Local Upper Mt Gravatt schools to lodge funding application for community benefit

Thursday, 20 April 2006

Clairvaux Mackillop College and St Bernard’s Primary School at Upper Mt Gravatt will steam ahead with an application for road funding after the Federal Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads, Jim Lloyd, yesterday agreed that the road proposed would in fact be a benefit to the community by helping to reduce traffic congestion at the intersection of Logan and Klumpp Roads.

In an effort to bring the infamous intersection to Canberra’s attention, Federal Member for Bonner, Ross Vasta, yesterday brought Roads Minister Jim Lloyd on site to assess the intersection and proposed solution first hand.

“For months now I have been meeting with Councillor Graham Quirk, representatives from the community and the Principals of St Bernard’s and Clairvaux Mackillop to discuss the road proposal which essentially aims to get parents off Logan and Klumpp Roads when they drop off and pick up their children from the two schools.

“While discussions and community consultation is important, I also wanted to make sure that Minister Lloyd was given the opportunity to view the problem first hand before any funding application is submitted for competitive assessment,” said Mr Vasta.

Minister Lloyd said the proposed road which is to run behind St Bernard’s School and through Clairvaux Mackillop College onto Klumpp Road was a worthwhile project and could certainly be considered for funding under the Strategic Roads to Recovery Programme.

Mr Vasta said that while the programme is extremely competitive he believes that with local support, the proposed road could be proved a real benefit for the community in terms of reduced traffic congestion and improved safety for children.

“Minister Lloyd has encouraged me to continue working with the schools and the community on an application for funding and I plan on pushing the project forward until a resolution is in sight,” said Mr Vasta.