“I rise to speak on item A and the Norris Road upgrade in Bracken Ridge.

 Following extensive lobbying by the Federal Member for Petrie, Luke Howarth, to the Australian Government and Brisbane City Council, I welcome this congestion busting project. The intersection of Norris Road and Barbour Road has increasingly come under pressure during peak hours with 19,000 vehicles per day on Norris Road alone. This is obviously not just local traffic from residents in Bracken Ridge but this road has become a connection road linking Bracken Ridge Road and Telegraph Road as part of a larger travel network.

Barbour Road largely services the local community and is the major entrance to The Oaks Estate to the west and links Phillips Street and two of our major schools to the east. As this area also acts as an important network for active travel, the need to improve safety and movement for all road users is paramount. The works will involve replacing the roundabout with travel signals, including signalised pedestrian crossing facilities. A 2.5 metre shared path will be installed along the eastern side of Norris Road between the intersection and Bracken Ridge Plaza towards Telegraph Road.

 Chair, it was great to listen to feedback from my residents recently at the Bracken Ridge Plaza where Council held the two information sessions on the upgrade and people were able to look at the concept plan in detail. Overall, the community is looking forward to the improvement in safety and having the traffic flow more efficiently and fairly, getting residents home quicker and safer. This project will complement the significant upgrades that have already been made in Bracken Ridge Ward, including the Telegraph Road corridor upgrade.

Chair, I’m sure that Councillor CASSIDY would also welcome these improvements, along with the Hoyland Street upgrades, also part of the Better Roads for Brisbane program, and also the Telegraph Road corridor upgrade due to a significant number of Deagon Ward residents from Brighton and Sandgate using this network on a daily basis.

I commend this upgrade to the Chamber.”

Tuesday 24 November 2020