President John Lehmann welcomed guests and the meeting was underway at 6:45 pm.
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The Treasurer’s Report was presented and showed a balance in excess of $1200.
Reports for each of the Committees were presented and they can be accessed from the links below:
Cr Anna Grosskreutz conducted the election of the 2011/12 BeCA Management Committee and all positions were filled.
President: Les Thomas,
Secretary: Debye O’Reilly,
Treasurer: Kerri Baxter
Committee Members: John Lehmann, Colin Murphy, Bob Smith, Yuki Worsch-Smith and Ian Eather.
Anna then presented her report. She announced approval had been gained for Stockland to construct a road outside of the Bellvista estate for heavy vehicles which would link the Caloundra Industrial Estate and the southern section of Bellvista II and provide access for heavy work vehicles during the construction of Bellvista II. This road would also provide emergency access to and from the estate if and when required. Work will commence shortly. In the interim there may be some limited heavy traffic along Bellvista Blvd when work on Bellvista II gets underway. More information about road construction and the commencement of Bellvista II works will be made available when this information is confirmed.
Cr Grosskreutz announced she had approved funding for the missing footpath in O’Reilly Drive and that signage requested by BeCA would be installed across the estate to provide information and directions to shops and to traffic exiting Bellvista.
Cr Grosskreutz ensured BeCA that the ULDA was fully aware of the role the Land Sales Office building had to play in negotiations over the approval for Bellvista2 and she was extremely confident the building would eventually be passed on the SCRC and be available for Community Use. Cr Grosskrutz’s full report to the AGM can be seen HERE.
Cr Grosskreutz then introduced Simon Kinchington who was to make a presentation on the Caloundra Airport Master Plan and the renewal of leases to airport operators. He spoke of runway extensions and the increase in aircraft movements expected from the airport in the future. Residents left him in no doubt of their concerns over the behaviour of ‘cowboy’ industries operating out of the airport and the disregard these operators had for local residents. This was a fiery discussion with residents voicing their concerns and disapproval. It was a lively debate!
Stockland’s Mark Stephens then made a presentation on the proposed Bellvista II development. He broke his presentation into four areas, The Overall Vision, The Creation Of Village Centres, Traffic Management and Sustainability and Community. Stockland had boards filled with proposed photos, details and maps. At this stage the material is ‘proposed’ and ‘indicative’ as the full project has still to be approved by the ULDA. Mark wanted to assure residents that Bellvista II would extend, connect, and complement the existing Bellvista community. Questions on parking and access were raised and answered.
The “Village Centres” are expected to include small clusters of shops which would face onto an active open space and that these shops would complement the shops at Bellvista Market Place. Stockland does not want to draw away from any existing retail centre. Mal Luke of Luke’s IGA questioned the thought of dividing retail areas in an area such as Bellvista. Mark explained the benefit of orienting the retail frontages, such as cafes, to the open space, and positioning these buildings in consideration of climatic factors such as sun and breezes. The shops are expected to be built and leased by Stockland with one of the shops becoming the new Land Sales Office. Stockland would be seeking community feedback on what shops residents would like to see in the Village centres. A Pizza shop was suggested. Stockland was asked to consider pursuing the provision of a Post Office or Newsagency in the shops as well.
Traffic Management questions centred on the new heavy vehicle access road to be built outside the existing estate and the roundabout at the intersection of Bellvista Blvd and Caloundra Rd, especially the addition of a 60 metre designated left hand turn lane on Bellvista Blvd at the Caloundra Rd roundabout. Mal Luke asked Stockland to consider signage at the roundabout to inform passers-by of the shops available in Bellvista.
Residents were informed the potential for some temporary and limited heavy traffic usage of Bellvista Blvd until the new road was completed. Residents asked that where possible, this be conducted outside of school drop off and pick up times.
The Sustainability and Community issue is one which is highly valued by Stockland. Residents were assured Stockland was in this community for the long haul and would be doing everything in its power to create a wonderful and sustainable community environment for all residents.
As there was no General Business, the meeting closed at 8:20 pm and many of the attendees waited around to ask questions of the Stockland representatives.
It was a most informative evening with many residents heading home with a clearer view of what is happening around the estate.
The next BeCA Public Meeting will be conducted at the Land Sales Office on November 7th.
The AGM saw the standing down of long time BeCA Management Committee member Tony Mohr who has been the Secretary since inception. Tony’s contribution to BeCA should not go unrecognized as it has been his work which has ensured the association has become a respected and successful representative of this community and its concerns. Thanks Tony.
A welcome also goes out to new BeCA Management Committee members Yuki Worsch-Smith and Ian Eather, welcome aboard.