Pitt hits back at Saunders over intersection upgrade funding

UPDATE 3PM: MEMBER for Hinkler Keith Pitt has hit back at state Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders over funding for the Urraween Rd and Hervey Bay-Maryborough Rd intersection.

A spat started this morning when Mr Pitt urged the state government to fund an upgrade to the dangerous corner in federal parliament.

Mr Saunders called out Mr Pitt, asking him to put his money where his mouth is and fund 80% of the road.

But, Mr Pitt has retorted saying that it was appropriate for the petition to have been submitted to the state government as the intersection is a state-owned road.

"If the Queensland Government submits a formal proposal for the upgrade, which includes an appropriate co-contribution from the State, I would gladly support their application for Federal funding," Mr Pitt said.

UPDATE 12:45PM: STATE Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders has called for Federal Member for Keith Pitt to put his money where his mouth is regarding the Urraween Rd and Hervey Bay-Maryborough Rd intersection upgrade.

Mr Pitt spoke in parliament this morning urging the state government to approve the intersection and praising principal petitioner Geoff Redpath.

But Mr Saunders was not impressed with Mr Pitt's comments and called for federal government support for any upgrade.

"If he is that worried about it, if he is that concerned about it, how about he fund 80%," he said.

Mr Saunders also criticised Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen for his lack of action of the issue.

"I think he is still slumbering," Mr Saunders said.

Mr Saunders said he had walked Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey through the intersection despite the corner being outside of his electorate.

The intersection is considered to be a state road.

EARLIER: THE state government has been urged to commit to the upgrade of the Urraween Rd and Maryborough-Hervey Bay Rd intersection by Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt.

Mr Pitt threw his support behind the petition organised by Geoff Redpath in federal parliament on Wednesday morning.

The petition has attracted more than 4660 signatures.

"I look forward to seeing the State Labor Government's response. The Urraween Road intersection was, after all, committed by the previous state LNP Government," he said.

Mr Pitt said the intersection was "considered by many to be the most dangerous in Hervey Bay".

A response to the petition is due from Minister for Main Roads Mark Bailey by November 13.

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