$905,000 to fix Belmont intersection

The dangerous London and Stanbrough roads intersection in Belmont will get a much needed safety upgrade thanks to the Morrison Government’s Black Spot Program.

Federal Member for Bonner Ross Vasta MP said he had delivered $905,000 to upgrade the black spot intersection to help commuters in his electorate get home safer and sooner.

“We’ve seen some nasty accidents at the London and Stanbrough roads intersection in the past,” Mr Vasta said.

“I’ve been working with Cr Murphy to ensure we can deliver this project with Brisbane City Council’s support to provide road users with a safe intersection, which can get quite busy around the peak hour commute.”

Mr Vasta said the Morrison Government’s Black Spot Program would reduce accidents and injuries by an estimated 30 percent across Queensland.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said Queensland would receive $25.3 million over two years under the latest round of program funding.

“The Federal Government’s record investment into upgrading roads is saving lives right across the nation,” Mr McCormack said.

Brisbane City Councillor Ryan Murphy (Chandler Ward) said the intersection was well known to motorists for its difficult navigation.

“This intersection is notorious, we’ve had fatalities here in the past,” Cr Murphy said.

“The Black Spot funding Brisbane City Council will be receiving will go a long way to make this intersection safe for motorist.”

The Black Spot Program upgrade for the London and Stanbrough road intersection includes:

  • Installation of splitter islands
  • Re-surfacing, kerbing and channelling
  • Re-grading
  • Upgrade to traffic signs and line markings
  • Installation of pedestrian refuges

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Battle of the Bakeries in Pie of Origin Comp

Uncle Bob’s Bakery in Belmont is pumping out the meat pies in a bid to take the title in this year’s ‘Pie of Origin’ competition. 

Up against Glenorie Bakery in New South Wales, Uncle Bob’s is flying the flag for Queensland and aiming to raise some much needed funds for the Brisbane Children’s Hospital Foundation. 

Federal MP for Bonner, Ross Vasta faced off in Parliament this week in a war of words with rival MP Julian Leeser, and encouraged all constituents to play their part and buy a pie from Uncle Bob’s.

“I spoke to the owner, Brett Noy, last week, and he's pumping out the meat pies, and I must say if you haven’t had one already you need to get down there. Not only are they supporting a great Brisbane charity but they’re damn delicious,” Mr Vasta said.

“So far it’s three a piece so we can’t be complacent. Taking out the 2018 ‘Pie of Origin’ comp will give us Queenslanders just one more chance to rub our winning streak in the faces of our Southern counterparts.”

Beginning in 2012 the competition so far has raised in excess of $90,000 for various charities in New South Wales and Queensland. 

The overall winner will be announced following the final State of Origin game on the 11th July.

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Federal Member for Bonner, Ross Vasta today encouraged people to get in quick before the last set of tickets available for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games (GC2018) sold out, including for events being held in the Bonner electorate.

“There are a number of tickets still available, so get on the GC2018 website now to make sure you get yours,” Mr Vasta said.

“The Games is our biggest sporting event this decade. I’m thrilled that two of the biggest events—track cycling and shooting—will be held right here in Bonner.”

The GC2018 track cycling competition will take place at the Anna Meares Velodrome at the Sleeman Sports Complex in Chandler.

“The Australian Government contributed funding to deliver this state-of-the-art velodrome, and I’m proud of the jobs the project created, how it helped grow our local economy, and the long-lasting legacy it will leave for our community,” Mr Vasta said.

The GC2018 clay target, full bore, pistol and small bore shooting events will take place at the Belmont Shooting Complex in Belmont. Mr Vasta previously received a certificate of appreciation for assisting the Complex in getting state funding to upgrade their manual targets to electronic targets in time for the Games.

“I’m thrilled the new targets were installed in time for sufficient testing before the Games take place,” Mr Vasta said.

“There are going to be many great events on in Bonner next year so don’t miss out on your opportunity to grab some tickets to see the best of the best right here on our doorstep!” 

The final release of GC2018 tickets is available now at www.gc2018.com.

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Member for Bonner Ross Vasta together with the Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield today announced that a re-elected Turnbull Coalition Team will deliver improved mobile phone coverage in Belmont, Burbank, Moreton Island and Gumdale, as part of an additional $60 million commitment to extend the successful Mobile Black Spot Programme.

“New mobile base stations in Belmont, Burbank, Moreton Island and Gumdale will bring a much-needed boost to mobile coverage, providing benefits to emergency service operators, businesses, and residents,” Mr Vasta said.

“I am pleased that under Round 1 of the Mobile Black Spot Programme, the electorate of Bonner will receive new mobile coverage to one mobile black spot area nominated by the public, with the results of Round 2 to be announced in the second half of 2016.

“The Turnbull Coalition Team understands the importance of mobile coverage in regional and remote areas of Australia and that is why we are committing an additional $60 million on top of the $160 million already invested in mobile black spots, bringing the Coalition’s total investment to $220 million,” Mr Vasta said.

To date, the Mobile Black Spots Programme has committed to 499 new or upgraded base stations covering around 3,000 black spots, which is the most significant one-time increase in mobile network coverage to regional and remote Australia.

Minister Fifield said the Coalition is committed to improving mobile coverage along major transport routes, in small communities and in locations prone to experiencing natural disasters, as well as addressing unique mobile coverage problems such as areas with high seasonal demand.

“Despite being in Government for six years, Labor did not spend one dollar on fixing mobile black spots in regional and remote Australia,” Minister Fifield said.

“The Coalition’s $220 million plan to address mobile black spots will ensure regional and remote communities have access to wider and more reliable mobile phone coverage.”

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Belmont Carols on the Oval

When: Sunday, 7th December – 5-7pm (pre carols entertainment); 7pm (carols); 8.15pm (fireworks).
Where: Belmont State School, 1275 Old Cleveland Rd, Carindale 4152.

This massive night will include live music, a BBQ dinner, marketplace, face painting, baby animal farm, jumping castle and inflatable slide, coffee van, fairy floss, and much more! Keep up to date on this wonderful event at www.facebook.com/belmontcarolsontheoval.

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