Below is a ‘private’ submission to the Urban Land Development Authority on issues of concern over the Caloundra South Development made by one the estate’s ‘active’ residents. It is provided here for the information of all Bellvista residents. If you click HERE you will be taken to the BeCA Blog site where there is an exchange of emails between another Bellvista resident and Local MP Mark McArdle in relation to a section of his submission to the ULDA regarding Caloundra Airport.
18th May 2011
Urban Land Development Authority
GPO Box 2202
Brisbane QLD 4001
Submission re: Development Application (DEV2010/100 and DEV 2010/101)
Bellvista 2 –Caloundra West, Qld. 4551.
This submission relates to the development applications listed above.
As a long term resident of Bellvista, I have some serious concerns with the lack of adequate attention given; to the already very dangerous conditions we face everyday now, on Bellvista Boulevard. The volume of traffic has grown significantly over the past few years, with the addition of Unity College, and further development. With the proposed development of Bellvista 2, and another approximately 700Housing Lots, the safety problems are only going to be increased.
The congestion on this road now, is extreme, especially at school drop off times (8.00am till 9.00am and 2.30pm till 3.00pm). Should there be even a minor accident on this road at these times, there is no possible way emergency services can access the injured. Should there be an emergency, where Unity College (which is on the estate, approx 1200 students), and/or the whole estate needs to be evacuated, there is no way this can happen. The road is too narrow, badly configured, and in a state of disrepair, from too much existing traffic. It has nowhere to pull over and let emergency appliances through, and this is the only road in or out.
There is no pedestrian pathway, the full length of this road from Caloundra Road to the bottom of the hill, which in itself presents a serious risk to our children’s safety. So any children riding, or walking to school from another area, are once again put at risk.
There is a need for a proper bus stop near the intersection of Bellcarra Place, and Bellvista Boulevard, with a connecting pathway for safe access, to and from the bus stop. This area has approximately 147 House Lots. Many of which have children who need to catch one of the many school buses, that use this road, twice daily. The residents of this area also need access to the public bus service, which could also utilise this stop.
Extract of a Letter Reporting a Recent Incident at this Intersection
On Thursday 17/03/2011, a young school boy was almost hit & killed by a truck that was trying to get past a school bus which had pulled up at the corner or Bellcarra Place and Bellvista Boulevard. Only for the quick thinking of the young boy’s brother, and the truck driver braking hard, this child’s life was fortunately saved.
BERKEY PLACE -EAST
Berkey Place sits just below the roundabout at Bellvista Boulevard and Caloundra Road intersection. This road is extremely hard to exit, especially if you are turning right out onto Bellvista Boulevard, with the traffic coming off the roundabout at speed, and the limited space available. There is land, abutting Caloundra Road that could be better utilized as an entry/exit point onto Caloundra Road, for these residents.
BERKEY PLACE – EAST CONT’D
There are approximately 147 Lots, Caravan Park and Tow Truck Business, needing better, safer road conditions there. I can’t see the Tow Truck Operator agreeing to travel all the way down Bellvista Boulevard each time he is called out, if as per the Traffic Assessment Document, these people will not be able to turn right from Berkey Place, because of a raised traffic island being installed. What they most likely will do, is attempt a U-Turn at Bellcarra Place, which is barely wide enough for a car to U-Turn at, so increasing the risk even more to traffic on the Boulevard.
EMERGENCY EXIT/ENTRY POINTS
Bellvista Boulevard is the only road, in or out of our estate. So the need for emergency entry/exit road/roads is paramount. This could quite easily be achieved by building a road from the Bellvista Boulevard/Dumbarton Drive Roundabout, out to the Caloundra Road (Airport Roundabout), or even across the bottom boundary of the airport, out onto Pelican Waters Boulevard, or both. Thus making another entry point for school traffic to enter the estate, and also allowing another entry/exit point for emergency appliances and evacuation, if needed.
As a resident here during the 2006 Fire, I know just how it feels to be locked into an area, and not being able to get out. Every road between Nicklin Way /Caloundra Road Roundabout, and Sugarbag Road was gridlocked, or closed by authorities, and the estate was only half the size then and the school only had about 1/3 of the amount of students it has today.
So in closing, I feel that the Development Application for Bellvista 2 be delayed until a better solution to the existing traffic safety problems is found. Because, overall, it is already affecting the residents lives. Be it, Mum/Dad, taking kids to school off the estate, others just getting to work on time, or older retired people just wanting to get out to attend appointments or do some shopping in Caloundra, or a resident in need of urgent emergency treatment, due to illness. We only pray that a situation like this doesn’t occur during the school drop off times.
Fortunately for our family, this emergency happened later in the afternoon, and our family member made it to hospital, just in time. Had it have been during school drop off times, she most certainly would have died. We are all quite fed up with the existing traffic woes, and being restricted to having to plan our trips around traffic congestion.
Mrs. Debye O’Reilly